Home Narrative-The Playroom

I’m continuing my Home Narrative series during this COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic because we’re stuck home long term, and it’s a great opportunity to document my kids in the playroom. They’re going to be spending a lot of time in there since we’re home for…oh… at least the next 25 days straight.

An evolving room

The “playroom” is one of those rooms that you know will evolve over time. My kids aren’t going to play with race cars, farm sets, and doll houses forever. Which makes the home narrative documentation all the more important! Who knows what this room will look like in 5-10 years.

How will you remember these moments?

As much as I want my kids to stay little and play sprawled out on the floor forever, I know it won’t happen. But I can freeze time through these images that highlight their intent focus on plowing the carpet, herding mini cattle, and lining up puppy figurines. Because this is what their childhood looks like…especially in these months.

Tips for documenting your child’s play

– If possible, open the curtains and choose a time when the room gets lots of natural sunlight.

– Get down on their level to truly portray the room from their perspective.

– But also experiment from different angles- like birdseye from above or really close up details of their hands.

– Let them choose their favorite toys and lead their playtime so what you are documenting is authentic of this time period.

– Include photos of the room’s unique details- like the special artwork on the walls or the cozy chair you snuggle in to read

Your Home Narrative isn’t only about the result

Don’t forget to also document the memorable aspects of CREATING the room. I’m sure you didn’t just dump a tub of toys in an empty room and call it good. So pay homage to the hours you spent agonizing over paint colors and organization strategies. These are some things I want to remember specifically about designing and using the Playroom:

– We used the same paint color, furniture and accessories from our basement playroom in the last house to provide familiarity in the new house.

– My in-laws painted FIVE COATS of this yellow over walls that used to be bright purple. They said it maybe could have used another coat, but they gave up. haha.

– I bought the laminated alphabet cards when my oldest was born knowing that I would use them in a playroom someday.

– The closet is organized with bins of different types of toys (potato heads, blocks, construction trucks, plastic animals, race tracks, etc). The kids are allowed to take out one bin at a time and must clean up that bin before picking another. There’s no time restriction on how long the bin stays out, but only one at a time. This has worked great at keeping the toys from getting overwhelming.

– My in-laws built the wooden wall truck to hold all the race cars.

– I painted that circle canvas at one of those “wine and paint” nights. The colors were supposed to be reds and oranges but I knew I wanted colors to match the playroom. The instructor was irritated that I wasn’t following the demonstration colors and kept passive-aggressively squirting the correct colors on my palette (even though she gave me the go ahead to choose my own colors). haha. It’s my only painted canvas hanging in my house because I adjusted it to my style.

If you haven’t started your Home Narrative project yet, then let this quarantine time give you those moments to start. Keep those phones and cameras on hand to capture not only these precious childhood memories, but also a very unique circumstance in our society.

Follow these links if you want to read more about my Home Narrative project:

– Part 1 Home Narrative: The Book Room

– Part 2 Home Narrative: Parker’s Bedroom