If your kids constantly exclaim "I'm bored" when they have more toys than you can count or if they simply ignore their toys altogether because they prefer to stare deep into the abyss of their iPad screen, it may be time to rethink your home's play area. POPSUGAR spoke with Karri Bowen-Poole and Denise Davies, co-owners of the New York City-based luxe lifestyle playroom brand Smart D2 Playrooms, and Christine Trimmer, co-owner of Cincinnati-based CASA Design, to uncover their expert tips on which toys to keep, which to toss, and how to organize your space in a way that'll keep kids playing for hours.
Bowen-Poole, who was a teacher for 12 years, has learned that kids really benefit from unstructured play and less time in front of screens. "Kids aren't being independent, and they're not problem solving. They're not creatively taking charge of their ideas, but we're beginning to understand that we can shape what kids do and how they play just by how we set up the environment," she told POPSUGAR.
Similarly, Trimmer's Montessori-based mission centers on meeting the child's developmental needs and promoting independence. "Parents are realizing that they can't do it all, and they want their kids to be able to pick up their own toys and pick out their own outfit for school, but they just don't know how to get started," she said.
Whether you have a dedicated playroom or your kids play in their bedroom or a shared space, our experts shared their top seven tips for designing a space that will help your kids learn and grow while they play. You may never hear the phrase "I'm bored" again.