A few weeks ago, I mentioned a DIY dolls house to make with kids, no doubt sowing the seeds in your house of a new generation of budding architects. But maybe your kiddo is more of an interior designer? Then this week's SUDS are for you. Play kitchen hacks, bathroom art, and gardening projects.
Not that it's warm enough for that. The weather outside is truly frightful. I've been scraping the barrel of bath time-related metaphors pretty hard over the last few weeks, but I think it's fair to say that even the littlest of times spent outside this week does make a steamy, bubbly bath a daily necessity right now. If you have muddy kids in need of a warming wash but the routine of it is stressing you out, GRASP's four tips for a better bath time are for you.
Start with some inspiration
Hoxton's newly reopened (and renamed) Museum of the Home is the perfect place to start your interior design journey. With living rooms from the ages and a dedicated workshop space featuring seasonal events, the museum is a great - and free - place for a morning out.
Time for a new kitchen
It's estimated that approximately 1000% of family homes feature a play kitchen (not verified, but... it sounds true). While our grown-up kitchen tiles might be dropping off the walls, it's cheaper, easier, and tbh more fun to do up the kids' one. Here are five brilliant hacks for the standard Ikea kitchen - is designing vicariously a thing???
Artwork for the bathroom
Bathrooms are often neglected when it comes to design, but don't be afraid to let your kids' express their boldest creativity here. You can find (mercifully washable) bath crayons everywhere from Kidly to Poundland - here are some retractable ones on Amazon (not an affiliate link). For something more permanent, a cheap plastic frame (like Ikea's Fiskbo range) holds up against moisture pretty well.
Don't forget the outdoors
Any interior designer worth their fee knows that a home makeover isn't complete until the outside space has been done up. And though the pergolas and water features might have to wait, it's never too early for get kids to get their fingers green (in a good way) - think as small as a couple of herbs on the window sill. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Dream big - but start small
Realistically, in this busy season building up to the holidays, you're not looking for something elaborate. If you're struggling to keep up with the recycling as the online shopping parcels start piling up, take a few roomy boxes out and get your kids started with some felt tips/paint/post it notes. Sometimes that's all it takes!