As parents, we all want to provide our children with a safe and stimulating environment where they can play, learn, and grow. A well-designed playroom is the perfect space for fostering creativity, developing motor skills, and encouraging imaginative play. In this blog post, we’ll explore some must-have playroom essentials that will transform any space into a haven of fun and adventure. From cozy soft area rugs to exciting climbing structures, we’ve got you covered.

  1. Soft Area Rug


Every great playroom begins with a solid foundation, and a soft area rug is the perfect starting point. Not only does it provide a comfortable and safe surface for play, but it also defines the play area within the room. Opt for a rug with a playful design or vibrant colors to add a touch of whimsy to the space. It’s also easy to clean, making it ideal for messy playtimes.

  1. Ninja Monkey Bars


Add an element of excitement and physical activity with ninja monkey bars. These durable and versatile structures are designed to improve children’s upper body strength, balance, and coordination while sparking their imaginations. Ninja monkey bars can be easily attached to a wall or ceiling, saving valuable floor space.

  1. Slide


No playroom is complete without a slide! Whether it’s a freestanding slide or one attached to a loft or play structure, slides provide endless hours of entertainment. They help develop gross motor skills and are an absolute favorite among kids of all ages. Look for slides with safety features like sturdy handrails and a gentle slope.

  1. Pod Swing


A pod swing is the perfect spot for kids to relax, read, or even swing gently back and forth. These cozy, cocoon-like swings provide a soothing sensory experience and encourage imaginative play. Hang one from the ceiling or a sturdy frame to create a calming retreat within the playroom.

  1. Climbing Handles
  2. Chalkboard Paint


Unleash your child’s artistic potential with chalkboard paint. Transform a section of the playroom wall into a canvas for creative expression. Kids can draw, write, and erase to their heart’s content, fostering both artistic and cognitive development.

  1. Climbing Ladder


A climbing ladder provides a thrilling challenge for adventurous kids. Whether mounted on the wall or integrated into a play structure, climbing ladders encourage problem-solving and enhance physical strength and coordination.

  1. Pickler Triangle


The pickler triangle is a versatile and multi-functional climbing structure that offers endless opportunities for physical activity and imaginative play. It’s great for building strength, balance, and agility while sparking creativity. Look for a sturdy, well-crafted pickler triangle to ensure safety.

  1. Indoor Teepee


An indoor teepee adds a touch of whimsy and coziness to the playroom. It’s a perfect hideaway for reading, playing make-believe, or just relaxing. You can fill it with plush pillows and soft blankets to create a snug corner for your little ones to escape into their own world of imagination.

  1. Cute Boho Mirror


A cute boho mirror not only serves as a practical item but also adds a stylish and playful touch to the playroom’s decor. It allows kids to explore their own reflections and can be a source of endless amusement.

  1. Tropical Soft Sided Ball Pit


Bring the joy of a ball pit right into your playroom! A ball pit provides hours of laughter and physical activity. You can choose from various sizes and colors to match your playroom’s theme. It’s a fantastic way for kids to improve their motor skills and have a blast at the same time.

Creating the ultimate playroom is all about providing a safe and stimulating environment for your children to explore, learn, and have fun. By incorporating these essential items, such as soft area rugs, ninja monkey bars, slides, pod swings, climbing handles, chalkboard paint, climbing ladders, and pickler triangles, you’ll be well on your way to designing a playroom that fosters physical and cognitive development while nurturing your child’s imagination. So, let the adventures begin in your very own playroom wonderland!

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As the mom of 7 kids I’ve learned that one of the best ways to keep your kids connected is through family traditions.

When creating family traditions I always try to do the following:

Make it Easy

There is nothing worse that thinking up a tradition that takes all day and night to prepare for and that you can’t recreate the next year. I’ve learned, just keep it simple! I remember one Jewish holiday that My sister persuaded me to celebrate. It involved making an elaborate feast and then waiting until midnight. At midnight you hiked around your property three times and then honked your horn (symbolizing something important, I’m sure). Afterwards you came inside and ate the feast. The problem we ran into was that nobody wanted to eat at midnight. So they all just sat there sleepily at the feast table looking like I was torturing them. That was definitely a tradition we didn’t keep around!

Create Them Around Holidays

Many of our favorite traditions are created around holidays such as Christmas time, Easter & Valentines day. The reason I do this is because no matter what I know that my kids will never let me forget a holiday, so in a way it forces me to do the extra work required to create a memory that will last forever.

Adopt Traditions From Other Cultures or Religions

If you can’t think of your own family traditions, don’t be afraid to celebrate someone else’s! This is a list of some of my favorite traditions and how we celebrate them:

  • Easter- My favorite Holiday ever is celebrated by putting up an Easter Tree, Planting an Easter Garden, Darkening the Windows on Good Friday, Passover Meal, And doing Easter devotionals the week leading up to Easter
  • St. Patricks Day- The kids make leprechaun traps. But they rarely catch the leprechaun, instead he comes through the house and does silly things like put chairs on top of the table, or dyes the milk green. Of course he also leaves some treats for the kids in the traps.
  • Valentines Day- When my kids wake up there is always curly ribbons hanging from the ceiling with a sweet little basket for each child and love notes from dad and I that are in their basket.
  • Summertime- Summer Dances
  • First Snowfall of winter- We ALWAYS make snow candy with caramel poured into the snow and cancel all school plans so the kids can play all day in the snow
  • Shavuot- Jewish Holiday where you stay up all night and eat cheesecake and read scriptures
  • Ukrainian Christmas- This holiday is celebrated by making perogies together and eating a feast
  • Saint Nicholas Day– German Holiday on December 6 where all the children put out their boots and St. Nicholas comes and fills up their boots with candy and nuts
  • Christmas Eve- I could write a whole post about this
  • Christmas Day- We have a service scavenger hunt where we do acts of service for people around town. My kids love it. We also have a feast, make a birthday cake for Jesus, and have a silly string war.
  • New Years Eve– Have a big party
  • New Years Day– we make a list of everything all of us have learned all that year, or any new experience that we had. We keep these for our family journal and read them throughout the years. This has proved to be a priceless keepsake!
  • The Day we Moved onto our Land– we always celebrate this with a neighborhood softball game
  • Cold Days- For us cold days means that we have to make cinnamon buns. In the case of this picture we were living on a tropical island and there were no cold days, so excuse the anomaly!
  • Sunday Singing- Many, many sundays our family goes to old folks homes and sing to them. We also sing to our neighbors or to people who are sick or sad in our community.
  • Sunflower Sunday- Once a year the fields surrounding our house bust into vibrant colors of yellow, orange and green. We call it ‘Sunflower Sunday’ This magnificent display lasts for only a few days. The whole neighbourhood gets together and here’s what happens!
  • Apple Cider Party– More about this later
  • Thanksgiving- Big feast with friends and family

Learn the Meaning Behind the Traditions

One of my favorite things to do is to teach my kids what meaning each tradition has. This gives them a greater depth of understanding for other cultures and religions. This is one of the best ways to learn about other people!

Create Traditions Around Your Family History or Family Stories

One of the BEST ways to bind children together and to their past is through sharing stories and traditions that are past down from their ancestors. Is it making bread from yeast you caught yourself, or making soap once a year? Whatever it is as you celebrate that day, be sure to share lots of stories to help make it more meaningful.

Don’t be Afraid to Get Rid of Traditions that aren’t working for your family

I often try something and then get rid of it because it didn’t have the intended effect. Plus as your family grows your traditions will also need to grow!

Create Traditions That Include Other People

Every summertime we invite 100’s of people over to join us for outdoor family dances. It has created so many precious memories for my kids.

Every October, our neighbor has the neighborhood over for a fireroast and chili in the snow.

Every Christmas another neighbor invites everyone over for a star gazing and hot chocolate party

Every Boxing day a close family friend books the local church gym and invites everyone she knows for a potluck and party

Every Fall my brother gets out his apple press and all of our families and friends go to his house where we make freshly pressed apple juice and have a potluck dinner together.

Okay…so just to remind you!

So…what are YOUR favorite family traditions that will last? Leave us a comment


P.S. Here is a video of one of my favorite family traditions.


I can’t believe it’s already been one year. In some ways it feels like a lifetime and in other ways it seems as though we just arrived. The experiences that we’ve had have been irreplaceable. I made a video to celebrate our 1 year anniversary, on the adventure of a lifetime! If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been blogging as regularly, it’s because I was crazy sick and had to be flown to Australia for medical help, and then because I started writing a book! Stay tuned, I’ll let you know when it’s ready to read ๐Ÿ™‚

In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving on the 2nd Monday of October. While living in Vanuatu we have been subject to all manner of degradations in our food standards (beatles in the pasta, bugs in the rice, maggots in the cheese, larvae in the beans, worms in the fruit etc.) Lindy is almost ready to go home and we wanted to do something fun to celebrate. So weย invited every neighbor around as well as some favorite family friends to our home for a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner.
Making anything traditional in a developing country is exciting, so try not to laugh at Lindy and I’s lack of knowledge without the regular staples like ‘stove top’ and turkey while we attempt to create a Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner in Vanuatu.
Despite a few setbacks and difficulty finding all the ingredients that we usually have access to, we had a wonderful and fun filled Thanksgiving with all our neighbors and some brand new friends. Missed the turkey but loved the company:)