Designing any room can be challenging but a preschooler’s room can be downright tough if you don’t know what to include. Amrutha’s convenient tips can help you.
Preschool Children 3-5 years
Little ones who are past the baby and toddler stage but not yet grade-school age are what many parents find the most delightful and challenging time of childhood. Preschoolers are fully engaged with exploring the real world, but the border between what’s real and what’s imaginary is often blurred in their minds. Their perceptions are developing at warp speed, so they’re often more easily frightened as well as more easily delighted than younger children are. The best décor ideas for preschoolers’ rooms celebrate the delightful aspects of this magical age.
The best course to adopt while designing a preschooler’s room is following one of the following design ideas.
Many psychological studies have shown that the design of a child’s room has enormous influence on his intellectual development. Keep in mind that kids at this age don’t know for sure what’s real and what’s imaginary.
1. Theme based design
Unless you and your child are truly smitten with some motif/ pattern, you may find, as many parents do, that a design that merely suggests a theme may prove more appealing, longer. A forest, a beach, or another nature scheme is a sure winner with both girls and boys and can serve as a background for a great variety of imaginative scenarios.
It’s also important to remember that most city children only occasionally have the opportunity to come into direct contact with nature. One can create an ambience that evokes the feeling of experiencing nature. Or stick with the happy, gentle aspects of classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales, and exercise even more caution with today’s cartoon and movie characters. What may be exciting or merely interesting to a bigger child can be very frightening to a little one, especially if it’s on view at bedtime. You too will be spending a lot of time in your son or daughter’s room, so if the decorating scheme makes you happy, that feeling will be communicated to your child.
2. Colour based design
Even more versatile is a room scheme based simply on cheerful colour combinations and patterns. With this approach, tomorrow’s favourite toys and collectibles will fit in as easily as today’s. In fact, since most kids don’t make a clean break from one phase to the next, an easygoing design based on colour will let several eras and enthusiasms co-exist peacefully.
3. Role-play based design
A very important aspect of preschool children is role play. As it is a part of a child’s education, it can also be a part of their home. In order to accomplish this we can equip the children with spaces, scenarios, props and the support they need to explore their real life or imaginary worlds.
Imaginative play not only aids intellectual development but also improves children’s social skills and their creativity. In addition it gives children a chance to play out events that they have observed or experienced in real life.
Furniture required by preschoolers
Now your child can sleep in a real full sized bed. Adjustable-length bed frames are particularly practical. For safety purpose you can opt for side rails which can be fixed or detachable. Ideally, your child’s bed should be placed so that she can see the doorway of her room any time, without having to turn her head. This will give a feeling of safety & calm.
As children grow, the number of toys they own typically increases as well and they like to see all their toys at the same time, so shelves & open boxes are ideal at this stage. You can introduce a “treasure chest” for them to hide their important stuff. Open book racks in a reading corner will be a good addition apart from wardrobe and dresser.
3. Table & chair
At this stage they don’t really need a study table but rather a play table which not only serves the practical function, but also satisfy the play angle. Therefore, very massive or difficult to move pieces should be avoided. A right sized play table and appropriately sized chairs will also prevent poor posture.
Other decor features
- A chalkboard is a wonderful addition to a child’s room. It constantly provides new impulses for creativity.
- Kid’s drawings or paintings make good wall decorations.
- Kids prefer a bright room with large windows to a dark one with no natural light. See to it there is lots of natural light & ventilation flowing in.
Another room your preschooler will start using at this stage is a bathroom whether you like it or not. Children naturally like water and will be found sneaking into bathrooms when left on their own. It is always better to get a latch/ lock installed for the kid’s bathroom to avoid accidents.
So parents, let’s get started on designing our child’s room; remember children have their own specific needs, and their rooms should be furnished with just as much care as those of adults. Bring in your creativity and imagination to your child’s room to enhance your child’s development.
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