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we have a playroom for ds but so far it is pretty sparse. I am looking for ideas for interactive play/decorating. anyone have any good ideas for toddlers? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We just built a window seat with open storage space underneath, and cushions on top. The cushions come off & there is a short lip running around it so it is like a traintable/play table for blocks, trains, etc. We really like throwing the cushions around, lol! I am going to build a puppet theater type thing after the holidays like this one <a href="http://www.sensoryedge.com/drplceched.html" target="_blank">Imagination station</a><br>
and he is getting a table & chair for the holidays. I mainly try to keep a big open space in the middle for running around & spreading out toys, making a happy mess, etc.
 

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We have a Little Tykes toddler slide which ds LOVES. We bought a play tunnel from Ikea that ds loves to crawl through and hide in. We also have those large cardboard building blocks which have been hours of fun. We stack them and make forts and ds loves to pile them and then "crash" into them as he goes down the slide. Let's see....also a table and chairs with crayons and paper laying out. I've thought about getting him one of those "jump-o-lene" things - its like a blow up trampoline. But I don't know if it would take up too much room. I like physical toys in the playroom....let him get all that energy out!
 

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We don't have a playroom, and actully have the exact oposite problem, not enough room. I think if I did have a playroom, I would have different corners (not necessarily in each corner, just seprate areas) for art (table, chairs, easel, shelves for storing art supplies) for reading (bean bag, bookshelf w/ lots of books, big pillows) household play (playfood, possibly a kitchen or the like, ect.) and for storing toys I like having bins instead of one big toy box. We use stackable plastic ones from Wal-Mart, but you can use shelves and baskets. I like the idea of the slide, and stackable blocks to build with. The important thing w/ toddlers is to make sure that everything has a place and it accessible to him/her. You want your toddler to be able to put the toys away when he is done playing w/ them. Good Luck, and have fun!
 

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I think something they can hide in is very important. They sell play huts at Ross all the time. We have a teepee that someone gave DS and he LOVES it!!<br><br>
We also have those shelves with the colored bins that helps us to organise toys.<br><br>
I'm in the process of creating a reading nook. He has a soft chair he likes to sit in but I am sewing some pillows to lounge on too. It'll be in the corner next to the book shelf.<br><br>
We have a little gym with a swing and slide downstairs in the living room but the thing is huge! DS loves it though and plays on it every day. When the weather gets nicer we'll put it outside.<br><br>
Also a train table. We bought one and it's going to be DS's Christmas present. We bought the KidKraft table from Costco.<br><br>
Next on my list is a table and chair set and an easel. They have a really nice Battat easel at Costco right now. It's around $60. One side is chalkboard and the other side is dry erase. There are colored plastic bins underneath for storage.
 

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thank you for the ideas!<br><br>
does anyone know where I can find an unbreakable mirror for the wall? (I want to start a box of dress up clothes for this!)<br><br>
I think I will look for a play tunnel as he would probably like that!<br><br>
oh, I also want to make a puppet theater eventually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> but I think he is too little for that right now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Consturctive playthings has some, but they are expensive. I ordered some from them when I had a home daycare <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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i haven't read the other replies so maybe this has already been said, but we have one of those popup tent things that have a few little "rooms" in 'em...we have a little wooden table and chairs for snack time or reading time..i'd also suggest some sort of plush area for reading (bean bag maybe?) maybe a kid-finger friendly toybox? or just some baskets for toys? some bookshelves for books/toys...a chair for you so you can spend time there and not hurt your hiney LOL...um...a radio/cd player for dancing? a mirror for dressup play or making faces...a part of the wall for drawing or maybe an easel?
 

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Article on <a href="http://www.threesisterstoys.com/parenting/playspace.htm" target="_blank">Creating a Playspace</a><br><br>
Have Fun!
 

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dd's playroom is our spare bedroom...the computer is in here in one corner with a shelf we share...she has a little table and chair next to my desk where she draws and stuff...we have a tabletop easel that I keep put up until she wants to use it...this is a small room but it is better than nothing! we have a twin bed with pillows and blanket in antoher corner<br>
with a trunk at the end where her blocks are and in the other corner we have a mirror...just a regular oval mirror on a stand, she has always played with it and its never fallen over...in front of the mirror is a basket of playclothes, silks ect... and she has a few other baskets of toys...I put a rug in the middle because we have tile.<br><br>
The slide with the cardboard blocks playroom sounds like soo much fun!!! :LOL<br><br>
I'm going to check out IKEA soon!! One just opened nearby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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kchoffmann, we didn't quite do that but one day rowan had a bar of soap (don't ask) and he drew all over the dark brown wall with white soap. it actually looked really neat and is completely washable (um...it's *soap*)....so that's always an option. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">thank you for the ideas!<br><br>
does anyone know where I can find an unbreakable mirror for the wall? (I want to start a box of dress up clothes for this!)<br><br>
I think I will look for a play tunnel as he would probably like that!<br><br>
oh, I also want to make a puppet theater eventually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> but I think he is too little for that right now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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I found this while looking for something else <a href="http://www.daycarefurnituredirect.com/catalog/item/1078776/704529.htm" target="_blank">unbreakable mirrors</a>
 

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Those foam, abc, puzzle mats are cool. You can make them into different sizes as needed, and even buy two sets. My dd also likes them made into giant cubes so she can stack them.
 
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