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Game Room for Boys: Getting Started

Oct 12
By the age of seven or eight, most boys do not like the idea of having a “playroom”. At this age they really start getting into playing video games, and lose interest in playing make believe anymore. So if you already have a playroom set up and your child does not want to play in it anymore, it is time for a change. All you have to do is change the name to “game room” and make some simple changes. This will get your child playing in the room again in no time.


Get Rid of the Younger Toys

The last thing that your older boy wants to see is baby toys or a play house in his game room. He will not want his friends to come over and see toys that he has not played with in years. Parents, I know it is hard to let go, but get rid of them.  You might even want to go through the toys with your child so he can help in the decision of what stays in his room and what does not.  This way he knows what he will expect to have in his new and improved game room.


Paint

If there is a mural, or any kind of decorations geared toward younger children, it is time to paint. If the mural or decorations were made for your child to last throughout the years (not too child like) then keep it up if your son still likes it. For all those other decorations on the wall–get rid of them. Let the children go to the store with you to pick out the paint they would like in their game room. The paint color will set the tone for the rest of the room.

Chalk board paint will be a really good choice for a game room. Putting the paint on one of the walls will still allow your child to have artistic freedom, and all of his friends can leave him messages. What is great about chalkboard paint is that you can get it in almost any color. So if your child’s room is painted orange, you can find orange chalk board paint that will almost match the same color as the walls. Or you can even do a different color for the chalk board paint.


The Walls

Even though your son is older, it does not mean that the walls to the room have to stay bare. The best thing to do is ask your child for a list of his favorite games, and you can find posters of them to put up on the wall. You can find posters like:
  • Halo
  • Halo-Reach
  • Modern Warfare
  • Mario Kart
  • Donkey Kong
  • Angry Birds
  • Mario and Luigi
  • Gears of War
  • Pac-Man
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Portal 2, and many more

He might have some other ideas for his walls too. Maybe he would like to include his favorite sport. You can also find posters for that too. If he wants to incorporate his favorite football, baseball, or any sport they have awesome things. You can find removable decals that can stick on the wall. You can get them in his favorite team logo, or even his favorite player.