Pitching up

Lovely to look at, easy to store and perfect for playing in, a tent or teepee makes the ideal reading nook/fort/hideaway for little ones.

Left: Ollie Teepee Tent, Dh279, Home Centre. Right: Teepee, Dh199, Ace.

Wonderwalls

This stunning map mural can be customised with your child’s name, and is both fun and educational – your mini globetrotter will love pointing out all of the animals from around the world!

Customisable World Map, Dh1,050, Paper-pop.com

Meanwhile you can teach them about desert flora with these cactus wall stickers.

Cactus, Assorted Colours Dh72.45, Mumzworld

Dream works

Oh how we do love a fun duvet set! Children adore novelty bed linen, and with chic monochrome eiderdown covers and pillow cases like these, there’s no need to throw style out the window when decking out your little one’s crib. Not only will these playful prints inspire young minds and get your little monsters or lion cubs excited about bedtime, they will also go beautifully with any modern nursery design scheme – wins all round!

Left: A Little Lovely Company Cover Roar, Dh304.50, Mumzworld. Right: Mini Collection Monsters Kids, Dh275, The Bowery Company.

Role play

There’s no stronger role model for your little one than you, so it’s no wonder that both boys and girls love playing with a mini version of Mummy’s accessory of choice (and their own usual mode of transport): the pram. While they make sense of the world around them with imaginative play, you can breathe a sigh of relief that you’ve avoided any more plastic in the house by buying one of these gorgeously designed wooden play prams.

Wooden doll pram, Dh641, Marmarland

Colour me pretty

Get artistic juices flowing with this fun and humorous giant colouring roll. Featuring fantastical scenes of super-heroes, princesses and aliens, this poster can be framed as a masterpiece, or even used as an interactive tablecloth - the only limit is your imagination!

OMY XXL Colouring Poster Fantastic/New York, Dh130, Just Kidding

New kid on the block

We love the new Home Centre Kids’ range, and this playful, Lego-style block-themed furniture series looks modern and fun, and is sure to inspire young minds.

Cosy corner

Watch your baby workout for ages with this sweetly soft playmat or let bigger kids lounge around looking at picture books in this snug little hanging capsule.

Left: My First Playmat & Gym, Dh399, Mamas and Papas. Right: Mini Collection hanging cave, Dh605, The Bowery Company.

Storage wonders

Keep things nice and tidy in the prettiest of ways with these modern and sleek storage solutions for toys, linens or knick knacks.

Left: Colors of the Wind Elodie Details, Dh326, Caramel and Sun. Right: Storage box, Dh999, Mamas and Papas.

Home is where the heart is

Every child likes to play house, and this fun hooked tent with curtain can transform a humble bunkbed into the playhouse of your dreams.

KURA bed tent with curtain, Dh125, Ikea

Nice touch

This gorgeous jungle-themed quilt makes for a fun and engaging playmat as well as a cosy cover.

Cot quilt Crossing the Jungle, Dh357, Marmarland

Create your kingdom

Suddenly playing knights and princesses just got a whole lot more interesting.

Paint your playhouse, Dh259.98, Toysuae.com

A step up

Pay attention to where you tread with these beautifully designed rugs and mats. Imaginations can have a field day with the fun moutainthemed mat from Oyoy, while the grizzly bear rug will add playful charm to any sleep space.

Left: Oyoy Mr Megalodon Adventure Rug, Dh284, Marmarland. Right: Bear rug, Dh200, The Bowery Company.

5 of the best playhouse beds

Young children learn through being curious and using their imagination, and playing house can develop a child’s social, emotional and problem-solving skills, as they roleplay familiar domestic scenarios on their own terms. A playhouse bed is the ideal way to give them a safe, secure space of their own, where their creativity knows no bounds (plus, we would love to have had one of these when we were little!).

Twin House Bed from Love Joba, Dh2,099, MarMarland

Sammy hut bed, Dh999, Home Centre

Tipi Bed Frame Child Home, Dh650, Caramel and Sun

Sam bunk bed, Dh3,299, Danube

Kendall Treehouse playbed, Dh2,349, Home Centre 

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