Create a Special Learning and Playing Space for Your Kids
Your kids probably spend most of their time in their room so the room should be furnished and decorated in a way that allows for two main children’s activities to run smoothly, namely – playing and learning. When designing our kids’ room, we should take their personalities and tastes into account, as they are the ones who will be living in that space. That’s why it is best to include them in the process and ask them what they would like their room to be like. Taking our kids’ preferences into consideration, we should create a room that is learning and playing friendly, and here are some suggestions.
This refers to creating as much free space in the room as possible. This can be done by eliminating everything and anything that is not being used, like toys your child has stopped playing with or clothes they have outgrown. Getting rid of stuff we don’t use should be done on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it for a year, throw it away or donate it. You should also furnish the room with furniture appropriate for your kids’ age and size. Only get essential pieces and try to keep everything simple. Organize your storage well and keep everything in storage boxes or cupboards, and not out in the open.
Create a positive atmosphere
Clearing the space from redundant things will already help alleviate the atmosphere in the room, and you should continue in this fashion. You should paint the room in white or stick with bright colours like light yellow, orange and green as they promote liveliness. You can make various combinations and paint walls in different colours or decorate with wall murals. Avoid darker tones and heavy drapes and curtains, install a lot of good lighting. Get colourful furniture or paint the chairs and desk in bright colours by yourself. Let the kids have music in their room, whether it is a radio or speakers hooked to the living room computer.
Create a learning corner
You can designate a little reading corner with a snug armchair or a lazy bag, a lamp and a bookshelf nearby. It is important that it is comfortable and inviting, with your kid’s favourite blanket and cushion, with their favourite cartoon character for example. Adding a candy basket on a little nightstand would do the trick as well. You can hang some posters of book characters like Harry Potter or Frodo in the reading corner to stimulate the sense of magic and adventure that reading offers.
Keep the toys organized
Nothing can create a messy room faster than piles of toys lying about. It is a good idea to teach your kids how to keep their toys organized from early on. You can provide different storage options for different types of toys. For example, things like puzzles, dominoes, Monopoly and so on should be kept in a cupboard or a drawer, sports objects like balls, ping pong racquets, jump ropes and such should be kept in an easy to reach box, and toys like bubbleheads, Barbie dolls or impressive Sideshow Collectibles should be organized into a toy collection and kept on display on a shelf. You might have to help your kids out with this in the beginning, but once they get into the habit of doing this, it is likely to stick.
Make space for arts and crafts
You should create some space for arts and crafts, where your kids can get creative. All you need is a simple desk, a chair and some storage for the supplies. This can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. Some people go as far as getting a chalkboard wall for their kids to draw on, a kids’ easel and art table and wallpaper maps that you can write on. Nowadays, your options are really endless, but you can keep it simple with some plaster, colour paper, glue, colour pencils and sharpies.
It is important to make enough space, create a fun and inspiring atmosphere and let your children be comfortable as they explore their creativity and learn. Consult with them and work on this together. We are sure the final result will be a happy place for your kids to learn and play in.
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. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.