Tips for an Accessible Child’s Playroom (Video)

 A child’s room is their sanctuary, a place where the troubles of the day can melt away and they can be safe and happy. Since Maddie Kate uses wheels to get around, we wanted to make sure reaching her toys was not a frustration for her so her room could be her happy place. Maddie made a video to show off her new playroom! I would love to share a few tips we found to be helpful in making her space work best for her!

  • By hanging a magnetic board to the wall, she can wheel up and play with her magnet sets from her chair.
  • We utilized the closet space by placing shelving on the sides that is the right height for her to wheel under and use like a table to play with her toys on.
  • We hung up battery powered push lights in dark spaces that she can reach and push on for more light when playing.
  • Her Grandma hung up a shoe organizer on the back of the door and sorted all of her Barbies® where she could reach easily from her chair.
  • We hung a mesh organizer with lots of pockets on her wall so she could get to some of her favorite books she likes to read.
  • We bought floating shelving that she can wheel right up to and use as a play surface for toys.
  • We used shelving both on the floor and wall mounted. They have little buckets she can pull in and out to store many of her small toys. She can access them all.

 

  • Her Grandma made her a large castle frame with shelving inside. It both sparks her imagination and provides her a playhouse she can actually fit into with her wheels – unlike most of the ones you can buy in stores that are too small for a chair. 

 

  • We hung hooks and small decorative hangers around the room in empty spaces that she could hang jewelry, bags, and other toys that she could readily access.
  • Some of the toys that she usually played with on the floor could be mounted to the wall, such as her little tin mailbox and her xylophone. She can reach them without getting out of her chair.

  • Maddie has been so excited to play in her new space. I have not had to go in and out constantly to help her reach the next toy she wants to play with. She can simply be a kid and enjoy her things independently, which has meant so much to her and I both!

Amanda

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