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What’s the Difference

Changes to the playspace are always made on the weekends so on Mondays we play ‘What’s the Difference’.  Yesterday the first children here immediately noticed the appliance upgrade;

Yes, last month when my husband and I renovated the playspace, I said it would like to paint the appliances to simulate stainless steel.  I didn’t paint the washer/dryer like I originally planned — there was some discussion about possibly re-designing this appliance due to some minor damage and functionality issues.  I didn’t want to paint it if we were going to eventually replace it so until that decision is made I will not paint it.

The children’s comments regarding the fridge and stove were “What happened?” “Cool!” “Neato!” and “Ooo, it’s so soft”.  We briefly discussed the difference between ‘smooth’ and ‘soft’.  Then one of the children excitedly exclaimed “Look! she painted this too”.

Very observant – the tissue box is a different colour than it was on Friday but I didn’t paint it.  I just brought out a new box because the old one was empty.

There was another difference but this one took them a little longer to notice.  As usual, I waited.  I don’t ever point out the changes – letting them notice on their own is part of the game.  As promised – under the sink in the housekeeping area my husband added a drain and water line;

Later in the day the children eventually noticed this new addition.  Each and every one of them squealed with excitement and then immediately did this;

There was a little dissappointment when they realized that the water line was not actually attached to a water source but they still like the new addition.  Now, before getting their tools to repair the sink, they make sure the tap  under the counter is turned off — they must watch the DIY channel too 🙂

Upgrading Spaces

Back in August I mentioned that I had spent the weekend working on ‘phase one’ of a playroom  remodel and that I would show it to you when it was completed.  There are still a few bits and pieces that I want to add but both of the big weekend projects have been completed so here goes:

The old music/workshop area was working well;

My problem with this space was that it was a little cramped if the children decided to form a music group and dance.  Now, I can’t perform miracles and create a bigger room but I could reorganize the shelving to increase the usable floor space like this;

One thing you can’t see in the picture above is the mirror that is on the wall on the right hand side — the children love dancing in front of a mirror but the old music area had no available wall space.  This part of the project was phase one – phase two involved the old housekeeping area and the walkway;

The walkway (area with grey coloured mats) was necessary to get to the nature area but if children were building in the block area they often blocked the walkway.  In such a small room having a dedicated walkway was a waste of 12 square feet of playspace.  I began working on a plan to combine the walkway with the block area – more building space – and in the process we got a new housekeeping area too;

On the left side of the above photo you can see the music area mirror.  The block storage is in the area where the walkway used to be and the entire floor space under the library loft is now open for building;

The clear plastic panel on the back of the block shelf allows a viewpoint between housekeeping and block areas.  Also, because the counter area is combined with the block shelf there is more floor space in the houskeeping area too – bonus!

When the new housekeeping area was built we used a bigger bowl to make the sink – and my husband put in a drain too – thank-you 🙂

We left space under the sink to add a drain pipe and a water line (non functioning) but they haven’t been added yet.  In this photo you can see the space under the sink counter and the view into the block area;

The stovetop and oven were not included in the counter area and instead they have been relocated over to the area by the refrigerator and laundry centre;

Now I want to get some silver paint to upgrade to ‘stainless steel’ appliances 🙂