Create a Special Kids’ Space for Learning and Playing

Your kids will probably spend a lot of their time in their room, so designing it in a way that is conducive to playing and learning is essential. While it may sound difficult, it only requires some planning and creativity and a lot can be achieved with little effort and investment. Here are a few guidelines.

Make it bright and fresh

Colors are very important, especially for children, so you should give your color choice some good thought before you paint the room pink or blue. The most important thing is that the room is bright, so we definitely recommend bright colors, like light green, yellow, orange, and lighter shades of any color basically. This applies to the walls and the furniture alike. Don’t match the walls with the furniture, make it colorful and vivid. You could paint each wall a different color for example. White is also a good option. Create as much daylight as possible, avoid heavy curtains and shades. A bright room has a happy, joyful atmosphere that is inviting of learning and play.

Keep it simple and safe

Kids’ rooms often get cluttered very easily as you try to cram many toys, books and sports accessories in their room. Storage is very important – get enough storage boxes for all the stuff they have, so it can be put away but easy to reach. Create a lot of space in the kids’ room to move about freely. Adjust the furniture to your kids’ needs, let it be their size and comfortable. Avoid any materials like glass and ceramics, childproof the room, make it safe and get rid of anything that’s in the way or that your kid doesn’t use.

Make it play friendly

Most kids have many toys, but we think a smart selection of toys can be more beneficial. It is important that your kids have a wide variety of options regarding the kind of play – some toys are for motor skills, some are for cognitive skill, others are for developing creativity and so on. If we only buy dolls or cars in large quantities, kids get bored easily. Toys like wooden blocks and Legos are good since they can be used in many ways. Teach your kids that anything can be used as a toy, especially household items like paper cups and plates, rope, boxes and the like. Let them have lots of arts and crafts supplies at hand so they can get creative and come up with their own games.

Make it learning friendly

One good trick is to make everything in the kids’ room oriented towards learning, including furniture. You can now have a chalkboard wall your kids can draw on eternally, draw-on bed covers that can be written on with washable ink and alphabet magnets for lockers. There are amazing kids rugs with prints of the world map, the alphabet, animals and so on. Get a lot of games that develop cognitive abilities, like puzzles, memory games, Monopoly and chess. If your child is old enough, you can get them a computer since they will probably need one for school.

Create a reading corner

Reading and listening is how we acquire new information and how we learn. That’s why it is important to create a habit of it from an early age. One good way to do that is to dedicate a special corner in the room to reading. You can set up a small desk with a chair, or an armchair with a stool. It can be next to a bookshelf with a reading lamp attached to it. The sooner our kids get to like books, the better off they will be later.

If you follow these simple guidelines when designing your kids’ room, we are sure you will create a fresh, happy place for them to be, play and learn. Keep it simple, minimal and smart and you are well on your way to having kids’ play and learn independently and with a lot of success.

Tracey Clayton - Guest Contributor

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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