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Micah's Play & Learn Room

21 October, 2015
by Makys Corner

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Micah’s playroom is one of our favourite rooms in our new home and he LOVES IT! In our previous home, we didn’t have space for a playroom so we pretty much converted our living space to his playroom – fun for Micah but it meant we didn’t have our own space.With a spare guest room in our new home, we decided it would be best for Micah to have his own play and learn room. He spends a lot of time outside and pretty much plays everywhere but this is a fun space, where we promote his learning through play. 

The first time I saw this space, I contacted a close friend, an interior designer for help in designing a playroom but then I changed my mind. His playroom will get messy everyday – it’s a room that invites play and a place for my little adventurer to explore.  So, I wanted the perfect playroom for my son that didn’t require me to break the bank. 

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When you walk into the room, there is space for everything and we can find things easily. The best part about the room is that it does not take too much time to tidy up at all, thanks to all the storage boxes & shelves.

Some elements in Micah’s playroom:


Floor

This room has wooden floors and we know that while playing, Micah is going to run around, slip and fall. So right away we decided to cover it. We looked at carpets and rugs but they were crazy expensive and for a playroom, very difficult to maintain. We wanted something soft, colorful and relatively inexpensive so we settled on these foam squares. The foam squares are easy to maintain and can be customized to the size of any room. An extra bonus – Micah loves the colours and we use it to practice our colours – all round win, love it!


Storage, Storage and More Storage

In addition to the room’s built-in storage, the main storage for his toys is the Ikea kallax bookcase – it makes perfect storage for his playroom.

The squares naturally give a sense of organisation to the room. We also bought lots of fun open-toped storage boxes for his toys which allows him to easily put his own toys away and much more convenient than having plastic bins with lids… oh yeah ignore the foil squares, we use them for our paint brushes and bottles, lol

Wall Stickers

Walls stickers are a great and inexpensive way to add colour to your child's nursery or playroom. Micah loves it now but when he gets bored, I will simply replace it with another one - So easy, anyone can do it! 

Lots of Books

Micah loves reading and we read a lot together.

I love this bookcase because it allows us to display books so that Micah can see the front covers rather than the book spines. I kept his favourite board books low enough in the bottom shelve for him to easily pick up and the larger books with paperback on the top shelve.

Micah is a little tough on his books at the moment so many of his books are stored in areas where he can’t reach them – for now! I love used books and I only buy new books if we can’t find great deals on used books.  



Table and chairs

I really liked the kritter table and chair set from Ikea but because I felt Micah was going to outgrow it quite soon we went with the mammut table and chair instead. This table is great for all his activities and snack time in his playroom

Practical Life

We don’t have a play kitchen…thanks papa! Lol so when its time to pretend play we use the pots and colourful kitchen utensils. We love these wooden food items, which include milk, cheese, bananas, watermelon and so much more. 

It’s a great way to teach your child about fruits and vegetables. I usually ask Micah to identify each food item. I also ask him to place each food item into the different crates one by one. He is too young to group them by categories. Another way I use these items is to ask Micah to identify the colours of each food item. It can also be used for older kids - there is so much you can do with it. 

Puzzles

Puzzles reinforce logic, critical thinking, visualization, creativity, and fine motor skills. With Micah, I have also found that they teach him patience and persistence. I don't interfere when it's puzzle time and Micah used to get so frustrated, trying to get me to guide him but these last few months, he has become ridiculously good at puzzles. Now he takes his time, no matter how long that is. He thinks about each puzzle and at end he get it right! 

Music

This is what is left of Micah’s musical toys, lol. Your kids banging away may not always be the most pleasant thing to listen to but exposing your child to the fun of creating music is a great way to spark their interest. 

Get Active 

Micah loves his tunnel. It is great because it helps him build core strength and gross motor skills like balance, coordination and weight shifting. 

Easel

Micah loves both of his Easels. They are both double sided. A great learning tool as they promote learning in a colourful and fun way. We use these easels to develop his creativity through painting and drawing… the magnetic pieces assist him in understanding letters and numbers. When he is slightly older I intend to use them with Micah for spelling.  

Toys


He has lots of toys he loves, unfortunately there are too many to take photos.. lol


So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this LONG tour of our playroom (even though Micah has already left his mark on the walls and we have a few things to add, lol)

Tags : baby,  kids,  learning room,  playrooom,  puzzles,  toddler,  toys

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16COMMENTS
  • March 09, 2016 at 10:26 AM by lola
    Your sure a huge inspiration to all mothers. I'm not even a mother yet, but you inspire me a lot. May my God continue to strengthen you.
  • December 23, 2015 at 05:33 PM by Sunshyne
    Now THIS is a playroom! LOL! I definitely love the fact that Micah has his own specific room where he is free to play and move around as well as all the learning stations. *taking notes* :-)
  • October 29, 2015 at 01:06 PM by Ajoke
    You are a beautiful mum. Sometimes am amazed at your strength and organization. New to this blog but am so impressed . May he ever be a source of joy to you. Amen
    • November 04, 2015 at 09:42 AM by Makys Corner
      thank you so much Ajoke. Honestly its not easy but thank God for strength! Amen and Amen. God bless you
  • October 27, 2015 at 08:53 AM by Mo
    I love what you did to Demdem' s room, I will incorporate some of them to my sons room especially the reading and organizing or arranging part. And the foams on the floor is a must - multifunctional, while its very beautiful, its also prevents the child from getting hurt during playtime. Well done.....Mama Micah
    • November 04, 2015 at 09:43 AM by Makys Corner
      Thank you Mo..x
  • October 27, 2015 at 03:23 AM by Ike
    I love the new look of the blog! Love the fact that you are encouraging your son to read books, a skill that probably will soon be extinct even amoung grown ups.It's a beautifully implemented project; Micah's play and learn room. His fave food is (was) amala? Lol, correct!
    • October 27, 2015 at 05:43 AM by Maky's Corner
      thank you Ike, I know what you mean. we have been reading since i can remember and now he loves reading books. he has learnt a lot through reading. yes his favourite food is amala and okra soup. bbq chicken wings is a close second, lol
  • October 25, 2015 at 05:38 AM by cec
    Beautiful play/ learning room . Well done Maky.
    • October 27, 2015 at 05:58 AM by Makys Corner
      Thank you....x
      • October 29, 2015 at 12:32 PM by aij
        I so much love the room,the arrangement and the toys,please how do you clean the playmat in his room,since its permanently on the floor?were u mopping it?
  • October 22, 2015 at 09:22 PM by mummy harold
    Hi Maky, i am so in love with Micah's playroom. It is so beautiful and inspiring. You are a great mum. God bless you for being so impactful. Please i will love it if you can draw up a table of activities and the age to introduce such activities for the mental, intellectual, social, educational well-being for kids. Thanks
    • October 27, 2015 at 06:03 AM by Makys Corner
      aww thank you for your kind words. God bless you. I have activities but only up to my sons age because its what we have done together. How old is your little one?
      • November 10, 2015 at 09:27 AM by mummy harold
        He just turned one on Last week Saturday
  • October 21, 2015 at 07:01 PM by Mama Z
    Hi Maky, I love love love Micah'Micah's playroom!! We don't have enough space for a dedicated playroom but I intend to transform part of our son's room into a play & learn area. My favorite is the hanging bookshelf, pray tell where you got it from? Your collection of books is so impressive! Well done Mama :)
    • October 27, 2015 at 05:57 AM by Maky's Corner
      Thank you mama Z. i love the book shelf as well. we got it from a local shop here in Geneva but you can get something similar from amazon...x

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