Children enjoy their spaces and the bedroom is the place where they usually spend most of their time when they are at home. Much more if they live in a flat and there are few meters available. More than once I've seen my mother standing in the doorway intently watching where or how to rearrange the furniture so that my sisters and I would have more room to play or study.
A corner with toys or books or a table to sit down to do homework, everything required ingenuity and it was not always achieved, so we ended up studying, drawing or painting in the kitchen or in the living room. if i had a creative corner would have been great, so today I present to you some small creative corners for children.
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Ideas and tips to build creative corners for children
Creative corner, art corner... we can call it in many ways. The objective of all of them is simply to give free rein to the creativity of the little ones, either through reading, painting or other artistic expressions. A place where "getting your hands dirty" or being messy is allowed. Do you want to shape a little creative corner for your son? At Decoora we give you some keys to achieve it.
In principle, let's start from the premise that it is not necessary to have a large room to create a space in which children can organize all the necessary material for their paintings and crafts, develop their artistic side and exhibit their works. a corner of the bedroom or playroom, it can become a wonderful creative space. You just have to sharpen your ingenuity.
A corner of the room that becomes a creative corner for children It's not a XNUMXst century idea. This concept has been typical of classrooms, mainly in kindergarten, for a long time. I remember in particular "the corner of the mother" or the "corner of the blocks", one for girls and one for boys. Another corner was that of the black board, where the most artists drew with colored chalk.
So, it is a matter of transferring this idea of a «play corner» or «creative corner», typical of the classroom, to the home. A corner where the little ones can read their storybooks, draw, paint, play musical instruments or do a typical childhood role play (the family, the bank, the store, etc.).
A creative corner can be as simple as comfortable, small or large, transformable as you notice what your children like best. If they like nature, then you can decorate to match, or if they like space, forests, being a doctor or teacher, a store worker, a cook...
What elements are necessary in a creative corner?
- An table and some chairs. Whatever artistic activity they are going to develop, it is essential to have a table and several chairs, so that they can work comfortably and share their space.
- An blackboard and / or paper roll. A blackboard with chalk on one side and a marker on the other is ideal for the little ones. Although they can also have a lot of fun with a roll of paper that allows them to paint on the wall.
- Storage: We can hang jars on the wall to organize colored pencils and paints, use magazine racks or filing cabinets to organize papers and notebooks or bet on a trolley or waitress that allows us to always have all the material at hand, arranged in its different trays.
What more could you need? Well, first you have to think of a background that gives the frame to that thematic/creative corner: You can use wallpaper or cardboard, paint them and stick it to the wall. Even with a little more money, you can print an image in a large size and it will look even better.
Next, add more things to that space for kids to play with: toys, clothes, books and so on. As we said, you will need to take into account storage objects so that when they are not playing the corner is tidy: you can be shelves, boxes or drawers.
And if they are transparent, better. Why? Because the children will see the contents of those boxes better and you will not have to empty them to find what they are looking for. And also smaller spaces, it all depends on what elements are in the corner. Perhaps, if they are girls and they like those games to assemble jewelry, they will need boxes and little boxes.
Today children spend a lot of time in contact with electronic screens. We cannot go against this reality, but we can provide them with a different environment that allows them to come into contact with other elements that stimulate the body in conjunction with the mind. For this reason, it seems to me that one cannot miss environment with printed material: books, magazines, newspapers, stationery, cards, poems, children's magazines, figurines...
It is necessary that the little ones come into contact with printed material because it is a great way to encourage them to read, improve their oral expression, develop creative thinking, write and else. So, we can put shelves on that creative corner for children, but we can also place this type of printed material in baskets or in columns on the floor. and yes we can change them every once in a whileBetter, so the children will be curious about what was not there before. Every two or three months is fine.
Speaking of shelves, the best thing is that they are shelves that are at the height of children, that is, low. So they alone can take out and put the books and order them to their liking. That is the idea also when using baskets or boxes. In supermarkets or places like Ikea you will find everything and you can assemble the team with them and teach them that order and cleanliness are also in their charge.
The little ones tend to write and draw on any surface. The idea is not that they ruin the walls of the rest of the room or the house, as sometimes happens, so we can give them recycled paper and always have it on hand. Also explain to them the importance of reusing paper and not wasting it. And a tip: it is better to place the paper to draw or write vertically than horizontally. We tend to put other things on top of everything on a table or shelf, and then children have a hard time reaching for the new paper underneath. If you glue a box to the wall or build vertical storage, problem solved!
Finally, I think that a small creative corner for children It should be a calm environment that keeps them away from tension or anxiety. typical of the modern world, even the world of children. It is important that the place is cozy, clean and calm, that nurtures children's independence and creativity. How do we go about shaping this space?
- rotate the toys. Today the children have many, all the relatives give them things, so sometimes they do not know what to play with. Less is more here, so it's a good idea to implement a rotation system, maybe every two weeks.
- Encourage children to clean up your creative corner. They develop a sense of belonging.
- Use light and neutral colors, no red! You can decorate with plants too.
The ideal is to create our small creative corner for children with furniture that require little investment. This way it will give us less pain that they get dirty or damaged with intensive use and we always take great care that children can give them. In addition, that way we can change them as the child grows and their needs or tastes change.
Finally, the important thing is to know that giving our children creative corners, whatever style you choose, will give them options to decide where they want to be or what they want to do, develop different skills while working with what is available there. It doesn't always go by quickly, don't expect kids to play in that corner right away, but they certainly will.