Building a Kid's Playroom in the Garage
September 29, 2022
What about our early years do we actually recall the most? Who among us didn't dream of being an astronaut as a child? Perhaps the most treasured memories nearly always involve playing: dashing around the house with our dogs, making our own mythical realm out of blankets, etc. We always smile heartily when we think back on these priceless moments, and we want our children to create their own experiences that they will also remember as adults with the same level of affection, if not more. Child play is crucial to a child's growth. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that via play, kids "use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical cognitive, and emotional strength." Children can "create a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers... And as they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and resiliency (sic) they will need to face future challenges." In addition, play helps in increasing the level of physical activity in children, which is a good tool to combat obesity. Although the importance of play in a child's healthy brain development is well known, the shortage of areas designated for it has become an issue since the pandemic's early stages. We have spent the longest period of time at home with the kids. Staying at home has helped prevent the spread of COVID-19, but it has also hampered the kids' ability to grow and socialize with their classmates. We continue to focus on providing our children with the conditions they need for growth even while we wait for the pandemic to cease (yes, we are still optimistic that it will happen quicker). Thus, turning the garage into a kid's playroom is a great solution.