Your child’s playroom is the perfect place for them to retreat to, somewhere that their mind can wander and a space for their creativity to run free. And, while it’s understandable that you’ll want them to have some say, don’t forget that this is the perfect opportunity for you to build a playroom that promotes learning.
Adding educational elements to their recreational space will ensure they’re always around learning materials, whether they’re conscious of it or not. From wall decals to study carrels and educational toys, the elements you choose can teach your kids many life skills, as well as getting them off to a good head start in school as well. Here, we will be sharing some of the best tips for transforming your child’s chaotic playroom into an educational haven.
Add classroom elements
When decorating your kid’s playroom, it can be tempting to only choose things that complement the décor of your home. However, mimicking certain elements of their classroom can encourage learning and ensure they’re keeping up with their school curriculum. You can imitate their classroom display boards by investing in some educational wall decals, like these number sets and individual letter decals, to keep them on top of the basics. You might also want to create a colourful rainbow wall to teach them about primary, secondary and tertiary colours.
Classrooms are characteristically filled with learning resources, from the walls, tables and carpet, so why not incorporate some of these into your kid’s playroom? You could also use accessories, like these placement rugs from Rugs Direct, to teach them about things like nature, geography and wildlife. Whatever you choose, be sure that it’s an eye-catching colour to pique their interests and encourage discussion. You can also incorporate height charts so they can see how they’ve grown and learn larger numbers.
Make a homework station
Although their playroom will be somewhere they can go to enjoy their day after school, there’s no reason why it can’t be the place they take their homework or any school projects. Adding a desk that they can sit down and learn or study at will ensure their playroom has a functional use as well as being a space for fun. A learning station will also instil good habits in them for school, as they’ll get accustomed to sitting down at a desk and concentrating.
Place their homework station away from their toybox and other distractions so that their main focus is on their work. You could even transform their desk into a study carrel to block out any potential disturbances from their vision. These can be made from something as cheap and simple as a cardboard box, like this DIY homework pop-up station from Parents.com, so it’s suitable for all budgets. Plus, your kids will easily be able to pin resources up and take them down as the year, and their knowledge, progresses.
Blackboard vinyl is also a great way to encourage learning and play. Great for practicing writing and drawing, the chalkboard surface is easy to wipe clean at the end of the day.
Teach them about tidying up
As well as assisting them with school work, their playroom can be a place to teach them etiquette skills, including tidying up after themselves and organising their belongings. Having a clear-away schedule in place will ensure they are learning how to be considerate, tidy and polite which they can transfer to different environments.
There are many ways you can introduce a tidying up system, including using labelled plastic boxes and baskets to organise toys, colouring materials and books into. If you’re limited on space and trying to keep everything compact, we recommend using seating that can double up as storage. These storage ottomans from Footstools & More are a great way of containing all of your kid’s mess after a long day, and will slot in seamlessly into the room.
Add educational toys
For your kids, the main focus of their playroom is their extensive collection of toys and games. And, while dolls, action figures and teddies can encourage imaginative play, you should also consider investing in some educational toys to engage their brains. This could include adding a computer and setting up some interactive learning games. Verywell Family has created a list of fun and free educational websites for kids, so you can be sure that they’re learning while online.
Toys that require your kids to use their motor skills, such as building blocks, will be helpful for their development. Additionally, any interactive toys that make sounds or require your child to read information before use, will be sure to stimulate their learning.
Your child’s playroom is a place for their imaginations to run free, but this doesn’t mean you can’t add educational elements to further their learning. With these top four tips, as well as some innovative thinking and creativity, you can ensure this room strikes a great balance between learning and play.
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