When the weather makes you want to stay indoors…
When your under-the-weather and your children are thriving and bouncing off the walls…
When your pregnant belly slows you down and you have no interest in getting out and about…
It’s Indoor Playground Time!
Yes, yes, yes. This is one of the simplist “How To’s” you could find. But honestly, when we stumbled across this idea in my eighth month of pregnancy, it felt like a revelation. And when you have really young ones, or children without crazy older siblings, oftentimes they simply haven’t stumbled on all of the possibilities available to them in their cozy abode.
An Indoor Playground is one of the simplest ways to both utilize what you already own (= it’s free!) and get children moving (= energy release = tired children = easy bedtime). Heck, it’s like going to the kindergyms, without the commute or fees. And when you aren’t getting out of the house for the day…it can really be a godsend. Now, who wants to go to the playground?!
1) Most important, let your kids experiment with how to create their own Indoor Playground. There’s a lot of learning to be done with whatever you’ve got (rocking chairs, coffee tables, couch cushions, blankets, bed
pillows). Each piece is essentially a huge building block. (Remember that experimenting means you can sit back and watch…. Try not to direct the whole process. Observe or work together, depending on the age(s) of
2) Await discovery. If you have a more reluctant child (I’ve got one of those too), talk about some of the fun activities they can do with the furniture. There are a ton of concepts to learn and reinforce. And, thank the gods that children love repetition! “Go under, go over, roll across, roll down, somersault across, jump up, climb up, scoot down.” Did I mention…endless.
3) And the most glorious part (for you), besides damage control for the youngest most brave souls, you can usually thumb through a book or magazine or sneak into the kitchen for the next phase of the day.
P.S. Children are children. So, as they push the limits (their own and oftentimes the furniture’s), be sure to help them understand the importance of building a safer playground (i.e. a nice cushy landing areas). Key words: pillows and blankets!