We spend a lot of time in our play space and it has saved us from many meltdowns and rough days. We refer to our playroom as our “yes space.” As parents and caretakers we often find ourselves saying “no, no, no” constantly. Not only is that exhausting, but it can also be frustrating for little ones.
What is a “Yes Space”
A “Yes Space” is simply an area where your children can safely have freedom. The environment is set up to cater to the child, everything is free to touch, climb, move, and explore. Having a place where my children are free to explore allows everyone to feel more relaxed during our day.
A playroom curated to your child is also beneficial for building their confidence and independence. When we hear the world “no” constantly, it can impact your willingness to try new things. Similarly, hearing “be careful” can cause us to doubt our safety. Having a safe space where children can explore decision making and movement is huge for their personal growth.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”Maria Montessori
Tips To Refresh Your Space
- Incorporate Toy Rotation
- Rearranging Furniture
- Rotating Books
- Changing Your Artwork
Toy Rotation is key for refreshing a space. When items get buried in a container or bin they, the kids forget about them. I love to incorporate our Maple+Lark Promise baskets (affiliate link) because they are shallow which keeps the toys visible.
We rotate our shelf displays weekly, but even if you don’t have time to do that once a week, even a monthly toy refresh will keep the kids more engaged.
When you begin to notice toys are no longer being played with, take a mental note. Try moving the toy to a different location in the playroom, and if it remains untouched, try taking the toy out of rotation for a little while.
When toys are brought back into rotation, it is like they are new and exciting again! Toy rotation extends the play life of a toy.
“Play is the highest form of research.”Albert Einstein
A simple corner swap of an object makes the space feel completely different. I refer to my moments of rearranging furniture as “Playroom Tetris.” I enjoy finding a new layouts that give the space a fresh and inviting feel.
Our large staple playroom items are our Pikler Triangle from Wiwiurka, Rainbow Rocker from Wiwiurka, Nugget Couch, Ikea shelves, and train table by Kidkraft. While we rotate the toys once a week, we only rearrange the furniture every few weeks. Although it takes more effort, finding new layouts for these larger items is worthwhile.
When the kids walked into the play space after today’s refresh, it was great to observe where they went. Their concentration on play lasted longer and the energy in the room was more upbeat.
“A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.”Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
I find having books facing cover out to be appealing for my children. This occupies more space on a shelf but presents the opportunity to rotate the main books on display, which ensures that each book gets enough reading time. I enjoy curating book displays to follow current events, upcoming holidays, or even big feelings.
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”Joseph Addison
Changing Your Artwork
Visuals are great learning tools and easy to refresh! I attach my posters with command strips to easily relocate them. I used to have framed photos, but with a curious 20 month old, I quickly found the framed photos detracted from the “yes space” environment in our playroom.
“Visualization works from a human perspective because we respond to and process visual data better than any other type of data. In fact, the human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text, and 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual. Since we are visual by nature, we can use this skill to enhance data processing and organizational effectiveness.”THERMOPYLAE SCIENCES + TECHNOLOGY
Experience The Difference
Once your room is revamped and fresh, there will be a sense of newness and excitement. Implement these small changes and allow your play space to become easier to clean, more inviting to both you and your child, and a relaxing environment for everyone. Happy playing!