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Your kids’ room should be a fresh and happy place where they can learn, play, and express their creativity. It’s a place where they spend most of their time, so be attentive when designing it. Take their personalities and tastes into account because, after all, they are the ones who will be living in that space. Include them in the designing process and ask them what they would like their room to be. Here are some ideas you can use to create a perfect room for their learning and play activities.
Create as much free space in the room as possible. Get rid of everything that isn’t used anymore, like toys your child has stopped playing with or clothes they have outgrown. Stick to the one-year rule: if you haven’t used it for a year, throw it away or give it away. Try to keep everything simple by furnishing the room only with essential pieces that are appropriate for your child’s age and size. Organize your storage well and keep everything in storage boxes or cupboards, and not lying around. This will prevent unwanted clutter and enable your children to walk around freely.
Create a positive atmosphere that motivates your child to learn and express their creativity. Let your imagination run free and think about how to make the space more functional. For example, you could have mapped wallpapers to introduce your child with some basic geographical terms. These maps can include distant countries, landmarks, sites, photos, and animals that live there. Wake up a traveler in your kid by creating a room that’s both educational and visually appealing. Also, chalkboard walls are a great idea as it allows children to express their artistic abilities. Bulletin boards and flashcards contribute to the learning process as well.
Children spend most of their time sitting on the floor, so it’s important for them to feel comfortable and motivated while doing so. There are soft and shaggy rugs that come in all shapes and sizes and serve as a great learning tool. You can find rugs with a world map, the alphabet, numbers, puzzles and similar things that can add the element of fun to the learning process. You can also bring low tables that allow your child to write or draw on it while sitting on the floor.
Your children should have a variety of toys that prompt the development of different skills. If you only buy them dolls and cars, they will get bored easily. Toys like puzzles, memory games, Monopoly and chess develop cognitive skills. Collecting bobbleheads and action figures of their favorite heroes can help them improve basic organization skills and learn how to be tidy and clean. Toys like wooden blocks and Legos are great since they can be used in many ways. Once they’re older, you can get them a computer. They offer plenty of educational games useful for developing children’s cognitive and motor skills. Just make a clear schedule for using it, so that your child doesn’t spend all their time surfing on the web or playing video games.
A reading corner
It’s important to encourage your kids to love reading from an early age. You should read bedtime stories to very young children to get them interested in books. When they grow a bit older, you can create a comfy little reading corner to make the experience all the more special. Get them a comfortable armchair, a lamp, and a bookshelf. You can also put posters of book characters like Harry Potter or Legolas to show how magical and adventurous reading can be. Make a positive and inviting atmosphere to spark enthusiasm for reading they will benefit from in years to come.
It takes time and planning to design a room that suits best to interests of your children, but it’s a worthy investment. Create a space for your kids to relax, have fun, and learn.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. She's also passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”