Mirror, mirror on the gate…
I love the idea of ‘play spaces’ woven into the existing features of the home; and I see no reason why the gates blocking access to temporarily ‘out of bounds’ areas (or in the eyes of little ones: the ‘gates to forbidden, curious lands’), shouldn’t be an opportunity for creating play spaces!
This mirror has been fantastic in this sense. Little B has often been caught chatting to himself, playing ‘peek a boo’ or making himself laugh trying out a new facial expression – all the while, keeping a close eye on mummy. …Also, in our little unit, we don’t have the luxury of a separate play room!
It needn’t be a mirror though, it could be anything. Sometimes I surprise B by poking or tying his favourite toys, soft toy animals or other ‘obsessions of the moment’ in or on the gate for him to find and play with, which generally buys me a few more valuable minutes in the kitchen.