Let's Play {inside}

>> Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I read somewhere that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. That being said, I tried to go running this morning with my stroller and my tennis shoes were sliding all over the place. Runners and bikers share the same path on the esplanade. After a pretty professional looking biker bit it about 5 feet away from us, I decided it was time to go home.

My little guy is moving all over the place now. He was labeled at the church nursery this week as a dare devil, music to every mama's ears. So I have been putting a lot of thought lately into how I can keep him entertained indoors, for those days when it's just not possible to get outside. Otherwise he is going to find his own means of entertainment and that usually entails pulling up on something non-sturdy or chewing on an electrical cord.

Here are some very designer friendly playhouses I found. This first one looks like it would be fun to replicate out of cardboard boxes and white paint.
Basically every architect/parent friend of mine is simultaneously swooning over this one...
I am a long time fan of Homemade by Jill. Years ago she made a tablecloth playhouse for her little Oscar that I saved in my "one day" folder. Unfortunately, now that I have a baby, I have a pedestal table. Once you drape a table cloth over it, there is really no room to play.

These tepees that have been popping up everywhere are adorable, this entire room is adorable.
Ready Made Magazine had a tutorial for this pup tent. The photograph makes my heart happy.
And here is another great tutorial. This one is high on my list because it looks like it could be folded and stored, always a plus with apartment living.
Question: do babies really like playing in these? Ikea has some really inexpensive ones but I was not sure if it would be a "one time, I'm over it" deal or if he would really like it. Thoughts? 

Am I going overboard on the indoor play land? I think it's hilarious because I am the same person who 10 months ago swore I would not have baby stuff all over my house. I think I do a pretty good job of keeping it contained and putting it away for company, but honestly, baby toys all over my house also makes my heart happy. The mama in me definitely out weighs the designer.


pve design January 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM  

Boys must have built in fort building talents!~
My boys built tons of forts. I think all kids need props to play inside and out!
One of my dare devils was awarded "most accident prone"~ his senior year. I am proud of his curious heart!

LindsB January 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM  

You are too cute! I love those play house- but some of them look like oversized dog crates hahaha. I really like the fabric ones, those can be folded and put away easy- plus you can totally make your own!

lizziefitz January 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM  

The idea tunnel never was a hit here. The idea pop up tent on the other hand huge hit . Folds flat for great storage under or behind furnitue

annie January 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM  

Some of these are so amazing...and if I had thought about it 15 years ago...I would have had my husband build one. (Back in the day, he used to build furniture...all kinds of great stuff. Sadly now he's over it). Anyway...we had a terrible hideous plastic Little Tykes play house...one meant for indoors, small enough for an apartment and both of my kids used it all the time. They went over it, in it, down the little slide...they brought toys into it...books...best thing we ever bought. Your little dare devil will love it!

Haus and Home January 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM  

I had no idea there was such a thing as fancy indoor playhouses. The tee pee looks so fun too!

Julie Q January 11, 2012 at 7:03 PM  

ooo I'd never heard of Homemade by Jen.. officially obsessed! And I mean it- we totally need to go to ikea now for playroom stuff. during the week while its not busy :D

Holly January 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM  

I like how you're keeping it real - I know our house always has books and toys all over the place. Good question about that shoot toy thing...I'm not sure. We don't have one. I know my daughter likes to play in the tunnel at the playground. I've seen a tunnel that has two different sides to it that is pretty cool. We just don't have the space right now for a ton of stuff (like big stuff). I'm going to be getting our daughter a little table and chair to sit at. I think she's at the perfect age to enjoy it (almost 17 months). Great post!

Kelly January 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM  

We got a tunnel as soon as our little guy could crawl. That was well over a year ago now, and he still loves it to this day. Ours is a Pacific Play "See Me" Tent. It has windows, which I love because I can peak in and see if he is hiding in there.

I hear you on the toys thing. Our house has been out of control since Christmas--mostly because the toys are now much bigger and won't fit nicely into baskets and bins. But it makes me happy to see him exploring and discovering. And I know that one of these days I will reclaim my dining and living rooms again.

Louisa January 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM  

Have you seen the cardboard houses/castles/boats that they have on amazon (also sold them in CVS). They are fantastic - great for coloring/scribbling with crayons and you can recycle them when you're finished.

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