An easy way to play: start a family fun day

01 February 2016

Everybody wants to play more, but it can be hard to find the time, money, energy, and creativity to play together (sometimes, you really don’t want to make a mess). At the IKEA IDEAS lab, we came up with some Family Fun Day ideas to put on a show together!

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Let’s Play for Change

From 20 November to 24 December for every children’s book and toy sold during the campaign period, the IKEA Foundation will make a donation of € 1 to projects in some of the poorest communities in the world, supporting children’s development and learning, equal participation, sports and of course – play.

Learn more about the Good Cause campaign

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Got an empty box? Decorate it! It’s great storage for the essentials to put on a show for Family Fun Day (no mess!). If you set a fixed weekly time for Family Fun Day, it becomes a tradition that everyone looks forward to and knows what to expect.

A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage A woman nailing up a fabric backdrop for a stage

Set the scene with a backdrop, spotlights, and a stage. We put the backdrop on a wall, but you can use a door or a curtain rod—wherever works best! Spotlights add a theatre feeling, and you can make a stage with an outline of removable tape or ribbon. 

 

Our tip
Create a backdrop using a sheet, metre fabric, curtain, or paper. Do it yourself or let everyone help draw and paint on a craft day. Where will you be? A moon, castle, mountains, city, under the sea?
A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage A woman painting a fabric forest backdrop for a stage
A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope A woman in a forest animal costume pulling a rope

We filled our box with costumes, masks, hats, and props that make it easy to get in character (we certainly did). Whether you buy pieces—like the fun capes and hats in our LATTJO range—or make them, you can keep adding to your collection. 

 

Our tip
Like arts and crafts? Get everyone together and make your own masks to add to your Family Fun Day box. We drew an adult-sized forest animal mask to get you started. 
When I put on the bat costume, I wasn’t a stylist anymore. I became a superhero!
 
-Gen, stylist
An audience of soft toys is ready for the show An audience of soft toys is ready for the show An audience of soft toys is ready for the show An audience of soft toys is ready for the show An audience of soft toys is ready for the show An audience of soft toys is ready for the show An audience of soft toys is ready for the show An audience of soft toys is ready for the show An audience of soft toys is ready for the show An audience of soft toys is ready for the show An audience of soft toys is ready for the show An audience of soft toys is ready for the show

3, 2, 1, fun! An audience of soft toys, pets, and friends are ready for showtime with choice seats and popcorn, too. Excited for your own show but don’t know where to start? We made a list of story ideas to help set the plot.

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Interior designer: Geneviève Jorn
Digital designer: Cecilia Englund
Copy writer: Marissa Frayer
Photographer: Kristian Krebs
Editor: Linda Harkell