Room to play

A children’s bedroom can open up a whole world of play. Help create a space that supports and nurtures a growing sense of curiosity, creativity and personality. Lula (5) and Anouk’s (3) shared room features colourful and inspiring decor, including wall art handmade by mum, Chloe. The large rug in the middle of the room marks out an open space for all kinds of fun and games.

“The girls’ bedroom is bright, colourful and full of energy – it matches their personalities perfectly. They always bring drawings home from school, which we like to display.”

Try role play with furry friends

When it comes to role play, imagination rules. Children love to immerse themselves in fantasy worlds and new personas, a type of freestyle play which, as the IKEA Play Report suggests, isn’t held back by direction. It doesn’t take much to begin a role play adventure, but soft toys might help kick-start it – Tiger, Pig and Rabbit make for an unlikely friendship in real life, but not in this world!

Create a gallery wall to be proud of

Doodling, cutting, sticking, colouring… Kids will produce hundreds of pieces of artwork as they explore their creative side. Back your budding artists and help them to feel proud of what they’ve made with a gallery wall. Chloe and the girls put up theirs in the living room for everyone to enjoy. They even helped mount their masterpieces, as IKEA frames are made with safe perspex, instead of glass.

“It’s nice for the girls to share a room. I always find them together after school, cuddling, jumping, playing dress up with their toys and reading each other stories.”

Get messy with summer outdoor painting

So what if your budding artist needs a bigger canvas? Going outdoors means children aren’t limited by space – and they don’t have to hold back from making a mess! Bring out materials in a handy carry box, lay down large pieces of paper on the ground and let them loose with washable paints in bright colours. Keep snacks on hand for creative fuel, then sit back and watch the young artist at work!

Learn a new skill together

Traditional loom weaving is a big trend right now. It’s an easy skill to learn and a fun way to boost children’s concentration and motor skills. Set up this child-friendly loom on any table top, and start weaving unique pieces together. You can use anything and everything, from recycled bedding torn into strips to shoelaces. Try creating a unique fabric together, which could later be turned into a bag or rug for toys!

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