You’re in the kitchen *trying* to make a delicious meal for your family. Where is your toddler? Hanging on your leg and whining, of course.
You’re in the bathroom *trying* to do your business in peace. Where is your toddler? Climbing on your lap and pointing into the toilet bowl saying “bye bye pee pee!” (no? only mine? cool).
If your kids are going to insist on following you to these places, might as well give them something to do to keep them busy. You may just get a few minutes of peace! I wanted to create a little play space in each of these rooms that includes toys or items that relate to that particular environment.
The Kitchen Play Space
We designated one cabinet to his kitchen items (all other cabinets have safety locks) so he knows that’s the cabinet where he’s allowed to play with anything inside of it. My favorite thing in there is the stainless steel pots and pans set! I love that they are stainless steel so they look more like our real ones.
We also put a container of fruits and veggies in there since you can’t have a kitchen play space without the food! We stuck a few water bottles in there just for fun and he actually loves sticking the food in there then trying to get it out. Sometimes we put pot holders, Tupperware, and silicone bowl/pan covers in there as well. He has had this designated kitchen play space for quite awhile now and he still loves it!
The Bathroom Play Space
My son is obsessed with the toilet. He constantly points at it yelling “pee pee! pee pee!” and anxiously awaits the super exciting moment where we get to flush it all down! So weird. Anyways, I also wanted to create a little space in there so MAYBE, just MAYBE, I could get a few seconds to myself. It does work *most* of the time as long as he gets back in the game for the big FLUSH.
Here are a few ideas of what you could put in your bathroom play space:
- travel toiletry bottles
- hair curlers
- toothbrush case
- cotton balls
Since we don’t have a whole lot of storage space in our bathroom, I do have a child safety lock on the cabinet so I can still store other things in there (behind his play stuff). When we get in the bathroom I just open the cabinet myself so he can play. I am less than 1 foot away from him so I can easily make sure he’s not getting into anything he shouldn’t be.
Hope you enjoyed checking out our play spaces!
Leave a comment if you create any of these fun play spaces!