A coat of chalkboard paint can keep children and adults alike entertained for hours, providing a blank canvas for any creative endeavors. In this Bratislava apartment, a kitchen wall serves as a gallery for childrens' drawings and a notepad for their parents' shopping lists.
A trapeze entertains the owners of this Brooklyn residence and their visitors. The trapeze "was made by my teacher at circus school," says Sophie Demenge. "I was living in San Francisco in a big Victorian house with roommates. The ceilings were so high I could hang the trapeze and practice at home. Now my kids are taking over—it's the first thing they do when they get up and the last before going to bed."
These hand painted wooden balls make Bocce, a game with roots going all the way back to the Roman Empire, an excellent contemporary pastime for children and adults alike. Photo courtesy of Fredericks & Mae.
This pencil-themed desk by Pierre Sala, in a home designed by Matali Crasset, easily transports any adult back to childhood. Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt.
Small nooks and crannies enliven any space and let imagination run wild. In this cottage outside Copenhagen, Maja, 6, and Carl, 20 months, play in a sculpturally carved staircase. Photo by Jonas Bjerre-Polsen.