This may be a little disjointed but this is a sort of stream of thought post. I have been thinking a lot of the new house and how I want things to be. I want it to be perfect for all the kids. I need to consider that we have little girls, a little boy and teenager. I need to consider the fact that there are different personalities, creative, quiet, energetic and autistic. And all of that needs to be incorporated into the kids zone of the house. So here are some of the ideas and inspirational pictures that have been floating around in my head in regards to organization for the kids at the new house.
I would like to divide the Classroom/Playroom area into sections:
- toys/play area
- school work
- reading nook
- crafting corner
- television, cozy spot
I have other ideas too that I am thinking of implementing in some way or the other in the Playroom/Classroom area,
- Creating picture labels and one word for each of the zones and for the organization of toys
- Separate all the into like kinds such as toy dishes, blocks, puzzles, cars, stuffies, animals, board games, art supplies, children’s books, musical instruments, and educational toys
- Have a comfy place to read near books as well as a comfy place to curl up to watch television
- There needs to be space on the floor to play, a table or desk for creativity, maybe a tactile board?
- I have heard that picture steps, picture rules and instructions posted in the bathroom, dining room and closet. This will be helpful for Little Prince (autism) and for the girls’ reading
- To help Little Prince with his balance and to help him burn off his energy I have thought of a ball pit, a small climbing structure with a slide and maybe a small trampoline
- I would love there to be lots of pillows of different colors, shapes, textures and kinds.
- The kids would love a bean bag chair, especially Little Prince
- And maybe I could have lids on toy bins to encourage the use of language for Little Prince??
And for Little Prince, I have been thinking that is hard to make his room cute as well as safe and comfortable. I want ways to decorate without him being able to destroy things or hurt himself.
Here are some things I have been thinking about
- Decorations for his room could be hanging from the ceiling, things like stars, clouds, or planes
- Lots of padding and pillows
- Soft, natural lighting which is better for mood and attention than artificial lighting
- Soft furniture and maybe quilts or something similar on walls absorb and soften sounds.
- Having his room be shades of blue may help with creativity and calmness.
- Alphabet and/or numbers on walls since he is so inspired by them.
- He may like twinkling (Christmas type) lights hanging from the ceiling or on his walls.
- Someone mentioned a ‘crash pad’ for she has for her son, which is in the corner and it is a padded mat that he can run and crash into when he needs to. Little Prince Crashes into the walls all the time and creating something like this, if we can, may be good for him.