As a follow up to Part 1 to why we must plan a children’s room consciously, here are the key elements to consider when planning your child’s room.
Beauty: Beauty also uplifts a child and teaches them to appreciate it. It can beauty in the form of whimsy or just plain cute when they are small. But beauty will help them to feel good in their world and to re charge their spirit.
Color: Depending on your child’s temperament, you will want to select colors that will keep a hyper active child calm or a intelligent child stimulated.
Organization: With space getting smaller it is more crucial then ever to organize your child’s room around their interests and needs. Keeping things well organized when they are young helps them to find things when they want them, and also teaches them to stay organized as they grow. Take the time to clean out old toys and books they no longer need, making an event over donating them to children in need (orphanages, battered women’s shelters, etc) and books to the library
Shared Rooms: Again, with smaller homes it’s sometimes space that determines that children share a room. It’s quite a good thing as they do learn to share space and play things with another…yet it is still crucial to feel that they each have a place that is all their own. Think curtains or cubby beds to create a smaller space they can crawl into when they need solitude.
Quiet Time Space: This is time to read, play with toys alone or with one other child…a time for quiet and reflection…downtime before sleep. No technology, not a lot of people
Creative Play Space inside: Tables, chairs, book shelves, craft corners, anything that can stimulate your child to let their imagination and creativity flow, alone or with others.
Outdoor Play Space: Children love to play with “loose parts” which they can move about, use for their own self-selected construction projects and incorporate into their dramatic play. Did you know that studies indicate that children actually prefer to play with stones, bricks, stumps, sand and other natural materials to carefully designed playground equipment?
Study Space: It is crucial to help a child learn to study for themselves and to actually enjoy it. I had a friend from the Avery Coonley School for gifted children in Downers Grove, ILL. talk about the importance of children really learning how to study and to enjoy the process. This is best done in quiet and in solitude, helping the child to learn to think for themselves and research an answer. That’s not to say they don’t need help at times, or that some children have special needs that require more help…but in general the love of study comes from learning how to do it and feeling the accomplishment of figuring it out for themselves.
What does your child or grandchild like best about their room? I’d love to know…I invite you to share your key element in the comment section below!