Playroom Must-Haves for Snowbound Days
Adults are due for some much-needed peace and quiet as the Christmas craze fizzles out. To carve out some precious alone time this winter, design a space that will hold your kids' attention for hours a day. It should be a room that bursts with color and piques curiosity with a strategic variety of learning and play toys. To help you create this space we rounded up 10 playroom staples to help kids battle cabin fever while they're holed up inside on snow days.
"Playroom Rules Rainbow" Wall Plaque
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It's all fun and games in the playroom—plus a few ground rules. This colorful plaque lays out all of the playroom rules loud and clear. Hand-painted reminders like "everyone is welcome" and "use kind words" will look charming on an empty wall. No guarantees that your littles won't need a verbal warning every now and then though. ($30; houzz.com)GET THIS PLAYROOM PLAQUE NOW!
Wooden Kids' Picnic Table
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Stain or paint this unfinished table to match your kids' playroom. It's safe to use inside and out, so you can move it to the backyard in the spring for lunchbox meals al fresco. In the meantime, use it for a crafts and homework zone. It seats four children and has rounded corners for when your toddler takes a tumble. ($48; houzz.com)GET THIS PICNIC TABLE NOW!
Rubber Ducky Bean Bag Chair
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If the rubber ducky is a bathtime favorite for your kiddos, they'll love this life-size version for the playroom. Pair this cheerfully yellow bean bag chair with other decorative pillows to brighten an empty corner. A great prop for reading or watching TV, kids can plop down and recharge comfortably on this classic character. ($84; houzz.com)GET THIS BEAN BAG CHAIR NOW!
Penley Storage Bookcase
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New toys pose a serious post-Christmas conundrum. Tame the toy chaos with an easy-access storage bin, so kids can do their share during clean-up time. If you really want to foster organizational skills early, you can reserve a cubby for each child or each type of toy and use the shelves to store books. Bonus: Start your little reader's collection with the book below. ($169; houzz.com)GET THIS STORAGE BOOKCASE NOW!
Santa Claus: The Book of Secrets
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The true story of Christmas unfolds in Santa Claus: The Book of Secrets, which appears to be an enchanted relic passed down from St. Nicholas himself. Kids will learn who Santa really is, what he looks like and how he got his first job. They'll also get answers to their many questions about elves, the naughty-and-nice list, and how Santa's sleigh makes its global flight year after year. Watch bigs and littles bond over this seasonal tale that keeps the magic of Christmas alive through the remainder of winter break. ($42; houzz.com)GET THIS SANTA CLAUS BOOK NOW!
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This teepee may be the only way to avoid couch cushions and blankets strewn about the living room. Give your little guys and gals a designated hideout where they can scheme their next grand adventure. The sky's the limit in this star-studded fort. Tip: Fill this play teepee with pillows and throws to create a fun and unique space for naptime. ($60; houzz.com)GET THIS TEEPEE NOW!
Animated Plush Animal Bluetooth Speaker
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Home electronics and rumpus time don't usually play well together. Luckily, this stuffed animal has a built-in speaker for a kid-friendly tech option. The speaker connects to Bluetooth, so parents can control the playlist from their device in another room, and the huggable dog moves and dances along for an interactive experience. ($43; houzz.com)GET THIS SPEAKER NOW!
Happy Grand Piano
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Although your nerves are undeniably shot at this point from neverending Christmas carols, what's a little more noise—er, music—going to hurt? Jumpstart baby Beethoven's talent at a young age with a grand piano, this is a true power piece constructed from maple and Baltic birch plywood and finished with child-safe paint in gorgeous black. Now you'll be able to tune into a 30-key symphony every Friday night for entertainment at home. ($122; houzz.com)GET THIS PIANO NOW!
Sunday Brunch Wooden Play Kitchen
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The play kitchen has been the linchpin of playrooms for decades. They're available in many styles today, but the gray tiled backsplash and white cabinetry of this mini kitchen actually mimic the trends we're seeing in grown-up kitchens today. The sophisticated style and eco-friendly materials extend the shelf life of the Sunday Brunch kitchen, which will take kids longer to outgrow. Aspiring chefs can hang pretend pots and pans Julia Child-style from the rod and hooks above the sink, and don't forget to decorate the refrigerator with chalk. ($167; houzz.com)GET THIS PLAY KITCHEN NOW!
Mini Tabletop Air Hockey
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What's a playroom without games? This portable air hockey table brings the arcade home. It's big enough for multiple players to enjoy at a time, but small enough to stow away neatly on a shelf or in a shallow closet. Measuring at a mere 22 inches, you can set this game up on practically any surface. ($35; houzz.com)GET THIS AIR HOCKEY GAME NOW!