Isn’t childhood great? A scruffy old towel, tied loosely around your neck, magically transforms you into a superhero, and that empty juice bottle full of water and rotten flowers somehow turns into the world’s best perfume… Hours of enjoyment can be created from the simplest things.
One of my favorite childhood memories is of a kind of ‘fort’ my sisters and i built in one of our houses in Ngodwana, a little town that we grew up in, in South Africa. It was probably nothing special to anyone else, maybe not even to my sisters, but it was to me. It didn’t even last more than two days, but it was magical! It also upset my parents… Lol! We (or i, i was the oldest, and the instigator of most things naughty, after all…) took a few balls of wool from one of the craft boxes in the house and went wild in the garden! Now, so that you have the full picture, Ngodwana is an absolutely beautiful little town. It’s basically ‘owned’ by Sappi, one of South Africa’s largest paper mills, and is surrounded by forest. This, by the way, is not our childhood home (i wish 😉 ), but it is very much how our garden looked… (except, we had a mango and a litchi tree as well, real ‘Garden of Eden’ style.)
So, i managed to convince my younger sisters to create a big ‘spider-web fort’ in the garden, running from tree to tree, round and round, covering pretty much every branch we could. You must remember, this was back in the ’88 ‘ishes’, so no-one was watching their kids constantly, and we managed to do some real damage before my mom noticed… 🙂 But, man! Was that fun!
Now, to be fair, i can totally understand not wanting to set your child free with a couple of balls of wool (i bet if you ask my mom she’ll tell you, clean-up was no joke…). But i am a firm believer in letting kids have that ‘magical space’. Whether it’s a life-size fairy castle to flutter about in, or a real-life pirate-ship to battle the enemy troops with – it doesn’t even have to cost an arm an a leg to pull together!
Check out out these fabulous, magical kids’ spaces for inspiration…
1. Perfect for a little princess – Isn’t this spectacular! A little ‘mdf’ and some paint, and dreams really can come true!
2. A tiny little Cinderella room – Alright, alright, you got me… this one might just leave you an arm or a leg (maybe both) poorer, but just look at it… isn’t that just the most magical toddler bed you’ve ever seen? Practical? Not so sure 😉 but darn cute!
3. Tree house for two – I love the idea of creating a separate space for the kids by adding another level, and turning it into a tree-house just knocks it out of the park! A couple of pieces of 2 by 4’s, a good deal of imagination and (admittedly) a whole bunch a hard work, and your kids too could be enjoying their very own tree-house in their bedroom!
4. Red racer – You’d be surprised what you can make with the stuff nobody wants, when you get creative… just think of how much fun that little kid is going to have in that bed… All the exciting dreams, all the wild playtime adventures… This room is so much more than just a room, it’s such a great gift!
5. Pirate ship or pleasure cruise? – The possibilities are endless. A beautiful suggestion that nurtures your child’s creative side. I’d say, worth it!
6. Fit for a King – A few sheets of mdf and some plaster board come together to create another medieval masterpiece, with those spectacular towers. It might actually be difficult to lure the kids out for dinner.
7. Underwater wonderland – Atlantis, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo… so many great stories play out in the magical world beneath the waves…this is a fantastic way for your child to explore that magical kingdom. You could even take the opportunity to make learning fun, by adding surprising educational facts!
1. Fire truck playroom – Oh my goodness! Don’t even get me started! Check out those little chalk boards on the inside… if this doesn’t inspire the little one to grow up and be a ‘good guy’, i don’t know what will 😉 . Love it!
2. Gonna run this town! – Is your little one a perfect cowboy? Wild west lady? You can’t go wrong with an old time, wild west town. All i’d add is a tumbleweed or two, if you can get hold of a clean one.
3. Relaxed space – Great for snuggling up with a book, or a more casual instrument like the acoustic guitar this room is perfect for teens. A bunch of comfy floor pillows, some matching carpets and throws, and i garentee you, you’ll have a space that your teen’ll love.
4. Crazy colorful – I just love this room… the hanging swing (although it does seem awfully high…?), the slide, all the colors… i think the kids might just have a hard time getting Mom out of this room… Haha!
5. Reaching for the stars – Kids have big dreams, and almost no fears. Good on them! That climbing wall sure looks like fun!
6. When it’s cold outside… – Bad weather more than 2 months of the the year? You’re totally justified in building this… A kid needs his tree-house after all, right? And isn’t this one beautiful?
So many amazing rooms… hats off to the parents that created those beautiful spaces.
Do you have any extra special bedroom or playroom inspiration you’d like to share with us? Share your pictures in the comments.
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