These past couple of months I have been working on fixing up our basement a little bit in order to have more of a play room down there for Ray. For a while we just had a lot of storage down there with a few toys that he could play with when we were down there. Then we got a table that used to be mine from when I was little so he could paint and work on projects. Once I was finally able to give away the piano that was down there I started to get a lot more room in order to move things around an make it more functional for both of us. Now that he is getting bigger I am able to let him go down there to play by himself sometimes when I need to do things like get dinner ready.
I found a lot of the things that we have down there at yard sales so we did not spend all that much to really put this room together or some of it was from my childhood. He loves writing with chalk so the cute easel that I got at a yard sale was perfect. All I had to do was get some chalkboard paint and put another coat on it so that the chalk would work better.
We have a cute little bookshelf that was mine from when I was little along with the table. I have put all of his art supplies out on the bookshelf so that he is able to get out paper and markers or paints whenever he feels like doing that. We also have play dough that he is able to get and play with. The table is perfect for him as well because he can either sit in the chairs or stand beside it to do things.
We also decided to move his toy box down to the basement as well because he never really got into it when it was in his room. I have found that this is an easy way to rotate his toys. I am able to take some toys that we have upstairs that he has been playing with and move them down to the toy box and get something new out when he starts to get bored every couple months.
I also moved his little workbench down to the basement since he was being too rough with it when it was upstairs. Every time we go down there now that is the first thing that he goes to. It is also better down there since the walls are brick. If he hits them with his little hammer it doesn’t really matter.
We left most of the floor carpet. The people that owned the house before us put down remnant pieces that covered most of the concrete floors. Once I moved the shelving and the piano I had a small section of the floor that did not have any carpet covering it. I decided that my best bet would be to buy a pre sized piece of vinyl flooring which was just six feet by eight feet and put that down on the floor where he will be doing art projects. This makes for really easy clean up and I don’t worry too much if he spills something.
Overall for our little house having a space that he can play in and leave things out and just have some fun is great. Ever since he stopped going to daycare I felt like he needed a place where we could do art projects and have fun getting a little messy. In the winter it is great because he will be able to go and play and have some fun when it is too nasty to go outside. We are finding that in the summer it is also a good place to go in the afternoon when it is just too hot to be outside.