January 17, 2013

The "Big Boy" Playroom - Part 1

About a year ago I moved my craft area from the basement into the main level office.  It's been much more efficient and the change was great.    We have the existing playroom in the basement (which is designed more for toddlers and you can see it HERE) and then this past week we made use of some existing toys and items things to make the old craft space a "big boy playroom."  That way the baby will still be able to use the other playroom and there's a separate room to keep Legos and things that she shouldn't have around her.

So today I'm showing you part of the new space.  I had a pegboard in the craft room that I found in the oops pile at the Depot.  I didn't want to take it down, but I wasn't sure how to best use it for the boys.  Then I saw THIS the other day.  Bam.  I loved the idea and went to work.

Here's our pegboard area now.  (Please excuse the weird coloring in the pictures.  I have a hard time getting good shots in the basement.)



We already had the little buckets there from the craft room (from Ikea),  I just filled them with rubber bands and dowels.  I didn't use colored pencils for dowels like the original idea because I figured that would add up quickly.  Instead I bought a bunch of 1/4 inch dowels.  My dad cut them into 2.25" pieces and I sanded the ends to make them easier to get in the holes.  They fit tightly enough that they hold the rubber bands well, but not so tight that the boys can't get them in and out.

I had a little fun playing and designing myself.



I thought about lowering the board, but then I thought about my boys and what they love.  I figured the a couple of stools to climb up on would feel a lot more fun.  These are from Ikea.  I might spray paint them red in the future, but it's been too cold to spray paint around here.


The pegboard is fun, but kind of educational as well.  It's great for working on shapes or even letters like this geoboard I pinned HERE.


Now I'm just hoping it's a while before the boys realize they can have rubber band wars :)  They don't really know how to shoot them yet.  Look out.


And here's a teeny sneak peak at what's next to the pegboard.  I can't wait to show you the rest next week.


Thanks for reading.

16 comments:

Jessie said...

Cute idea! Congrats on the baby girl! Can't wait to see what you come up with! So excited to see what you did with the lego posters next week! My boys (8 and 4) LOVE legos!

~ko said...

Brilliant idea! My boys would be all over that peg board and the stools to stand on was oh so smart!

gina said...

Oh I love that sneak peek! I have a HUGE 21 foot wall in the playroom and the idea of putting pics of toys on the wall is brillant! Cant wait to see the rest of that post!!!

Christa @ Controlling Craziness said...

Oh, I can't wait to see more of those big posters. It looks cool!

Danielle Huddleston said...

Love the lego posters! Awesome

Ajordan said...

I cannot wait to see the rest of it!

McKenzie Guymon said...

That pegboard is such a fun idea! I can't wait to see the rest! It looks so cute!

Eva {Tales of the Scotts} said...

Oh goodness, I can't wait to hear details about those large lego superheroes I see in the background!!

NakiMum said...

The pegboard has got my attention. Off to the shops this weekend to make it happen. My 6yo daughter would love that

Julie Rogers said...

I can't wait to see the final reveal!!!

Julie
www.thechirpingmoms.com

Rachel O. said...

Oh this is awesome. I love kid activities that are fun and educational. And how awesome for getting them some stools to climb on. It's the little things that make stuff like that super fun. You're such a great mom for thinking of that :) And I can't wait to see the reveal! Ah!

Siobhan said...

Look out, I feel a Lego storage solution coming on! Great ideas Cheri.

Rhadonda Sedgwick said...

Genius! I had not seen this. Thanks for sharing.

niki said...

Love the Lego photos blown up. Thanks for the idea. Can't wait to see the rest.

Cassie said...

I sound like a broken record but Baden looks SO big!!! Cute idea with the peg board!

Rebecca said...

The lego wall art looks awesome. The peg board is fun.

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