In today’s day and age, it can be difficult to pull your child away from the tablet or TV. Consider these activities you can put in your child’s room and watch their imagination flourish. Have peace of mind that they are safe while they explore these activities.
Add nature elements to your child’s room. Make them feel like the great outdoors is right there in their room. A benefit to this is that nature can provide a calming presence while also keeping your child busy. You might use this activity if you want to pursue a digital detox with your child and need to give them something to do. Consider adding a window bird box to your child’s window. Then, give them a journal if they’re old enough to write. While they play in their room, ask them to write down descriptions of the birds or squirrels that arrive on their windowsill.
After playtime is over in their room, read through their descriptions with them and research what breeds or species they may have seen. Ask your child to confirm if pictures online look like the animal they saw in person. You can use this opportunity to learn the names of local birds. Enjoy watching your child light up at their new knowledge of the nature around them.
Add interactive elements to your child’s room. Of course, do so with discretion according to their size, age, and other limitations. You can put a small slide in your child’s room to give them some physical activity. A slide is a great way to help kids get some energy out while in their room. This is especially helpful during the cold winter months when they cannot play outside.
If your toolbox and home allow it, you may even consider adding a swing to your child’s room. Your kiddo will surely remember having a swing in their room as they grow older. It’s another way they can get some physical activity within the confines of their room.
Consider creating a reading nook in your child’s room. An accessible bookshelf is a wonderful addition to your child’s room. Take it one step further and add a cozy space for them to sit and read. If you are redecorating your child’s room, this is the perfect time to consider making a reading nook with a bean bag chair or padded bench that they can sit on. Or you could set up a tent that your child can “camp out” in while they read. Reading nooks make reading a fun experience for your child rather than a chore.
By creating an atmosphere they can feel comfortable in, your child may be more likely to soak up a book in their free time. If your child is younger, try to incorporate stuffed animals and favorite toys in noninteractive ways. If trucks are their favorite toys, find prints of trucks to frame and hang in the reading nook. Personalized touches go a long way.
Watch the joy on your child’s face when their room becomes a peaceful, creative, interactive place for their imagination to explore. Consider putting these activities in your child’s room so you can enjoy a little time to yourself or get things done around the house, all while trusting your child is safe.