With autumn already upon us and those cold, winter days getting closer it’s important to have a contingency plan for keeping your child stimulated and occupied when outdoor play is no longer an option. Recently, I’ve been thinking of creative ways to make sure that this winter, Sylvia can still has fun in outdoor space for building dens, doing messy crafts and fun activities.

One solution could be to use a family garage. If you have the space and room for a garage or have an old garage which is not in use it could be the ideal play area for your child this autumn. Many garages are filled with clutter and a variety of old bits and pieces which could be thrown or given to charity to create usable space for fun family activities. I know it seems like a lot of hard work but with the right storage solutions, making space in the garage for kids is a great idea. 

Before I continue, I should mention that for those without a garage space, Lidget Compton offer a great range of concrete sheds and garages fit for any purpose. So if this post inspires you to get creative, take a look at their site!

Here goes, my guide to creating the perfect garage play-den:

De-clutter: Clear your space of any clutter. Giving to charity, clothes banks or selling more expensive items at local car-boot sales are all quick and easy ways to make room, fast.

Spring Clean: Garages aren’t designed to be spotless. However, it’s important to make sure that the floor space is clear of any sharp objects and dirt.

Storage: Simple storage solutions can make all the difference! Cupboard space is essential, ideally with draw divides for vital garage-gear that still needs to be stored. Always ensure that any furniture is fixed to the wall with an appropriate bracket. This will prevent accidents.

Get creative: Now that the dirty work is out of the way, you can get started on the interior design of your play-den. Second hand furniture is a thrifty way to make a cosy space. Try online auctions to grab a bargain sofa, bean bag or selection of floor cushions to create a welcoming environment.

Entertainment: This part is entirely up to you. I think that having a cheap TV is a great addition to a play-den for cosy movie nights but others will disagree. Either way, stock up on board games and craft materials. Remember that you can make as much mess as you like!

Heating: An electric, portable heater will take the edge off even a British outdoor play-den. However, I’d still stock up on rugs, blankets and cushions for extra comfort through the winter months.

Have fun: Most importantly, use the space you’ve created and have a great time. Let your children pin their artwork to the walls and decorate the floor in pavement chalk. You’ll love seeing them have so much fun and they’ll create memories to last a lifetime!

*This is a collaborative post.

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