Your home can be a magical place for a young child, who is learning to crawl or walk about from room to room. However, for the purposes of safety, you might consider creating a little playroom for your little one. Dedicating a special corner of your home for your children is a wonderful way to give them a creative space to play and dream in.
If you have a small spare room, it can easily be converted into a suitable playroom. All you need to do is redecorate and make changes before it turns into a special space for your child. This takes a good deal of planning and a fair amount of work so I’ve labeled it as moderate.
- Your first step is to ensure that the chosen playroom is safe i.e. the windows should be well out of reach and properly secured, sharp edges and objects are covered so that the child does not cut herself against them.
- Next, decide on the kind of furniture and furnishings that will need to go in there. Keep it simple. Adults might like detail oriented room décor but kids will find it overwhelming or just plain distracting.
- You can either have a single theme or infuse several themes to make the room more interesting and exciting for your child. Keep one or two low shelves on which you can arrange a few favorite toys and books. You can also throw in some floor cushions and a bean bag for whenever your little one wants to sit back and relax.
- Set aside one corner as the ‘Activity Corner’ with crayons, paints, drawing book, one as the ‘Reading Corner’ and so on. By dividing up the room like this, it will appear to the child as if there are several different things to do.
- Spread a cheerful and colorful play mat in the center of the room. One low table and chair or stool, just the right size for a toddler or young child will be perfect for those times when she wants to draw or color.
- Next comes the paint job. Choose nice bright, preferably light colors for the room. Do not use any dark shades, not even for contrast. It would make the room gloomy and foreboding. Paint the woodwork over in white or pale green, blue, yellow or pink, just make sure it the colors you use are cheerful.
- Instead of paint, you can also use wallpaper. Choose ones that have bright contrasting colors, cartoon images or any favorite shape that your child may enjoy looking at. Most stores sell wallpaper themes with Disney characters, scenic images, popular nursery rhyme characters, alphabets and numerals.
- Now, we come to the wall décor. If you decide to go with a paint job over wallpaper, you can use some artwork like cardboard cutouts, alphabet and number charts and so on. Remember to place them at your child’s eye level, that way she will get to see them comfortably.
Tips and Warnings
- Don’t place too many toys or activity-oriented things on the shelves.
- Keep a toy trunk and switch toys and games from time to time so that your child feels occupied.