Playroom Essentials Checklist

Want to keep the kids occupied and happy for a few peaceful hours? REAL SIMPLE. REAL LIFE. design expert Gia Russo suggests these diversions to stock in their very own space.

Kids' table and chairs
Photo: Hallie Burton


  • Seating area (a loveseat is a great choice)
  • Small table with four chairs
  • Area rug
  • Wall shelving
  • Storage cabinet(s) for toys
  • Bookshelf
  • Chalkboard
  • Bulletin board
  • Lamps
  • Bins for toys

Art supplies

  • Coloring books
  • Easel
  • Art paper for painting
  • Construction paper in assorted colors
  • Crayons
  • Chalk
  • Markers, preferably the washable kind
  • Paint, preferably the washable kind
  • Watercolor paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue or glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Stickers
  • Glitter
  • Smocks
  • Odds and ends—fabric scraps, yarn, beads, and so on


  • Puzzles
  • Blocks and Legos
  • Books for different reading levels
  • Dress-up clothing
  • Toys
  • Television
  • DVD player and kid-friendly DVDs
  • Board games
  • CD player and CDs or iPod and dock
  • Doll house or play kitchen
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