My Fun Project - Livin' the Good Life
Aug. 6th, 2008
07:45 am - My Fun Project
I'll make a bold statement: "Life does not make sense without children in it." Maybe that's not true for everyone, but it's true for me. So, a couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about having a friend's little one over for a playday, and I realized that I don't have a kid-friendly house anymore! My "baby" is 22 years old, and we've had many years now to become "adult-centered". I haven't held my mom's meetings at my house for years. The meetings moved to various group member's homes who had young children and were set up for it. And, I got to thinking about why a person like me, who supposedly loves children, has a home that has nothing for a young child to do. When my mom friends come over, their children wander aimlessly around our house wondering what to do with themselves. So, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to change that. I took one of the "back bedrooms" that are now "guest rooms" and began the delightful process of transforming it into a playroom. I've had so much fun! In fact, I can't think of anything more fun than creating a wonderful space for children to play and read and just hang out. Here's what I did: I bought a little table and chairs. I bought a Waldorf baby doll (made in Germany... one that I've had my eyes on for many years) and made a bed for it out of a wicker basket. I sewed a cute little polka-dot lining for the bed. I sewed white muslin, lace-edged curtains for the windows (long overdue). Very cheerful-looking. I put sweet pictures on the walls at child's-eye level. I bought colorful silks for dress-up play. I gathered all my favorite picture books (and bought some, used, from Amazon) and created a cozy place to read and snuggle. I set up a little table and tea set for tea parties. Then, REALLY fun, I got some activity ideas from Montessori Services and created little learning activities placed around the room in an attractive way. The room looks beautiful and inviting and ready for a child to enjoy. I'm very, very pleased with the outcome.