Purposeful Playspace

Ready for your kids to play independently?

Does any of this sound like you?

Your child is CONSTANTLY ASKING YOU TO PLAY because they don't like playing alone.

Your child COMPLAINS ABOUT BEING BORED even though you have a house full of toys.

You are OVERWHELMED by the sheer amount of "stuff" your children have.

You struggle to find toys that will keep your child ENGAGED FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN organizing your toys or play space.

You wish your children would just "GO PLAY."

You're not alone

You’re experiencing this problem because...

Well, because we are human.

We buy all the toys because we are tired of saying “no.”

We beg grandparents to stop buying “stuff,” but they don’t listen.

Our kids come home from school begging for the latest and greatest.

We put off organizing the play space because, let’s face it, it’s going to end up a chaotic mess regardless. Isn’t it?

I’m right there with you.

Imagine the Possibilities

What if I told you there was a better way?

You’re stressed, surrounded by toys, feeling trapped in your own home. But I promise you there is a better way. A way to set up your environment and choose toys that will encourage active and independent play–giving you back some much needed time and space.

Two toddlers trying to play in a very messy play space that is so covered with toys that you can barely see the floor
Organized playroom that invite children to play independently

Is this your life?

What if you could..


Purposeful Playspace

Learn to create a space for your children that invites them to play in ways that are more ENGAGING, PURPOSEFUL and INDEPENDENT.

The Curriculum

What You'll Learn

Module 1

Overview of importance of play, toys and the play environment.

Module 2

Understanding patterns of play.​

Module 3

Evaluating toys.

Module 4

Minimizing to maximize play.

Module 5

Reimagine your space.

Module 6

Encouraging independent play.


e-course bonus examples

Simply Play

In this book you’ll learn both the reasons why and ways to accomplish returning play to your child’s life in such a way that you’ll also feel inspired to find your own inner child.

Helpful Resources

Checklists, quick guides, charts and more. All available to you, easy to reference and ready to print to help you along your journey.

Facebook Group

Access to our Facebook group to be able to ask questions, discuss parenting topics, request toy suggestions and more.




See what others are saying!


Before taking the Play Learn Thrive program I would periodically go through toys the kids weren’t playing with and downsize. I thought this created a clean, less stress play space. But I wasn’t thinking about purposeful play and didn’t really understand it. What I discovered during the process of my playroom redo was how much my kids enjoyed some of the toys I had hidden away – I went through everything in one day and my kids were happy to play by themselves with Legos and Magnatiles all day! I ended up going through the toys in the kids’ rooms too and felt an emotional clog lifted once we filled an entire truck bed up with toys to donate. Pickup time is shorter and we are all happier now that the toys are more thoughtful and less over-stimulating.”

– Shari, Navigating Parenthood


“Alanna is super friendly and knowledgeable and has allowed me to see the reasons why my children just weren’t playing! I thought it was just the personality of my eldest but in fact he was just overwhelmed by all of the stuff and it was easier to watch TV than play in the chaos! With Alanna’s help I have been able to get rid of lots of toys that had little play value but I was hanging on to them ‘just in case’. I kept some of our best toys in inaccessible places because they looked pretty and I worried pieces would go missing, everything is now in reach of the children and the quality and duration of imaginative play occurring now is amazing! The boys are playing together regularly and I am able to do some jobs without being disturbed every 5 seconds! Thank you.”

– Carleigh, Mom to two boys

Try the Purposeful Playspace

If you purchase this and it’s not what you expect, send us an email within 7 days and receive a full refund!

Is Purposeful Playspace for me?

This is perfect for you if:

This is NOT for you if:

Meet Your Mentor

Hello, I'm Alanna

I am a mom to four little ones, a public school teacher and fierce advocate for play.

During my 10 years of teaching in Connecticut’s public school system I taught many students who struggled with motivation and confidence.  I experienced some similarities with my kids at home, which Ied me to do my own research about the importance of play in early childhood development. 

I founded Play.Learn.Thrive to teach you what I’ve learned and to make life a little easier for us! Through my courses and resources, I’ll show you how to use independent and unstructured play to encourage problem-solving, critical thinking, and self-reliance.

I’m excited for you to join me on this journey towards happier, more confident kids, one play session at a time.

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You've got questions? We have answers!

Absolutely not! You can create an amazing play space regardless of the size or layout of your space.

That’s totally OK! Kids don’t need expensive toys, and there are plenty of ways to find open ended toys for free or cheap. I can also get you some good discounts.

Definitely not! Every family is unique and this course can provide you with guidance on how to transform your unique space. You’ll also benefit from more personalized support in our exclusive Facebook group.

No worries! This will absolutely be life changing for you and for your child. I will be able to give you specific tips and tricks that will begin to encourage your child to play independently.

Yes! I have spent a significant amount of time teaching in the public school system and working with kids of a variety of needs. I also have a team of specialists that I consult with including a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, special education teachers and play therapists.

Don’t worry, I’ve been there. We will chat about this in the course. You can also always ask for specific recommendations in our exclusive Facebook group.

So the questions is...
Are you ready for your kids to play independently?