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  • This Mom Turned A Messy 'Tambakan' Into A Dreamy, Montessori Playhouse For Her Toddler

    She created a special place where her son can learn, explore, and even take naps!
    by Cielo Anne Calzado .
This Mom Turned A Messy 'Tambakan' Into A Dreamy, Montessori Playhouse For Her Toddler
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Mary Antonette Abella-Jayag
  • Do you have a play area set up in your home? From making use of empty corners to allotting a room just for your little one – every inch of space counts, especially since kids tend to accumulate toys over time.

    Recognizing the need for a place where her son, Robb, can play, learn, and explore, Mary Antonette Abella-Jayag, 34, thought of renovating the “pinsa” or storage space of their ancestral home in Bohol into a playhouse. In her blog momofeverychild.blogspot.com, Mary Antonette shared how worked on the charming transformation and what made her decide to renovate.

    After giving birth, Mary Antonette and her husband, Omar, decided to move back to the ancestral home to be able to raise their child in a rural environment, away from the pollution of the city. In those days, the pinsa worked as a hangout spot where they can take naps or work.

    The couple was hesitant to spend on a renovation at first but quickly changed their minds when their little one started watching TV. “I thought, I left law school to be a stay-at-home mom so I can personally look after our child and ensure he is given lots of opportunities to independently move and explore, and be raised in a loving, gentle, respectful way so why have second thoughts on spending money to keep our child off the screen? I mean, I can earn that money again but I cannot bring back our son’s childhood,” she shared in her post.

    After over a month of work, the 40sqm storage area became a playhouse with an enchanting appeal. String lights adorn the antique wooden beams and tiny pieces of furniture complete the space. Truth be told, it’s #playhousegoals!


    How to create a fun and safe playhouse for your kids 

    It looks like a mini house complete with a kitchen, a bathroom, and a sleeping area.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Mary Antonette Abella-Jayag

    To achieve a playhouse your little ones will love, take your cue from Mary Antonette. Pick a theme that’s easy to maintain and update, invest in child-sized furniture, incorporate a reading and napping nook, and prioritize safety by childproofing the space.

    Take inspiration from the storage space-turned-playhouse below: 

    Make the “owner” feel at home. 

    In the mini kitchen, the sink was made higher than her son’s height to keep him from playing with water.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Mary Antonette Abella-Jayag
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    Since the playhouse is for her son, Mary Antonette made sure he’ll be comfortable during playtime. She had child-sized furniture made to make sure he can access his toys and play freely.

    “In Montessori, it’s essential that toys and other materials are accessible for children so they can choose their toys and activities themselves,” she explained on her blog. The customized table and chairs come in handy during mealtimes, too. “They can sit comfortably and access the food themselves,” the mom adds.

    Prioritize storage


    The cubby shelf doubles as display and storage.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Mary Antonette Abella-Jayag


    Let’s be honest, tons of toys can easily result in clutter. To avoid having a cluttered playhouse that’s difficult to clean, always have enough storage space. In the playhouse, Mary Antonette placed a cubby shelf where toys are kept and displayed.

    Have a spot for resting. 


    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Mary Antonette Abella-Jayag


    The reading and napping nook – completed with a mattress and wall-mounted shelves, is Mary Antonette’s favorite corner in the playhouse. “It has an outdoor view and there's a mango tree across from it where the collared kingfishers frequently hop. It's so relaxing here that the adults decided to put up not one but two hammocks,” she related in her post.

    Practice safety first.



    In the bathroom completed with a tiny toilet bowl, the mom decided to have a concrete flooring with big pieces of tiles to keep it from being slippery.

    Complete the playhouse experience.


    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Mary Antonette Abella-Jayag


    What better way to complement the mini furniture than with mini home essentials? Mary Antonette bought small brooms and gardening tools so that her son can use it easily.

    This renovation project proves that parents will do everything to be able to provide a safe and comfortable space for their children where they play and have fun. Not only that, the sky’s the limit when it comes to ideas!

    Who knew an old and dusty area could be transformed into a picture-perfect playhouse? Creativity and resourcefulness can go a long way!

    Want to share your #budgetperofancy home makeover and get featured? Email us at smartparentingsubmissions@gmail.com and tell us about your project. For more home improvement and renovation ideas, click here.

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