Back to School: Create a Fun Learning Space Just for the Kiddos!
Summer is ending and the school bells are ringing! This month, kids all over the country are gearing up for another school year! Although you might be happy the kids will be heading back to a regular routine, most kids dread the beginning of school. The good news is that you can boost excitement in your home by creating a fun learning space that is just for kids. Designing a designated area that invites your children to read, be creative and learn is not only exciting for kids but it is important to their development.
Design With Kid-Size Furniture
When putting together a designated learning, creative space for your children be sure to include kid-size furniture in your design plans. According to Kaplan Early Learning Company:
“Being around furniture that is best suited for adults can cause children to be too dependent on adults to help them learn, explore, and move around. Incorporating child-sized furniture into your learning environment (a concept first introduced by Maria Montessori) will give children more access to learning materials and more opportunities to explore their environment.”
Using child-size furniture will also help children build self-confidence and become more independent, which is important for their overall growth and development.
Consider using a kids-sized rocking chair or a kids table and chair set in your learning space.
Design With Strategic Colors
We all know that color is important to the learning development of children, however, did you know that there is a psychology in selecting strategic color palettes to boost learning levels? A strategic color palette can enhance the absorption of information and facilitate the thinking process. Preschool and elementary school-kids react best to environments designed in warmer tones: oranges, yellows and reds. However, it is important to note that warmer tones can overstimulate so it is best to counterbalance these tones with calmer ones like blue. Or shoot for a multi-tasking color like green that provides the calm of blue with the creativity enhancing yellow.
Using various textures in your learning space increases stimulation as kids are seeking constant change. Balance out your hard pieces like tables and chairs by introducing soft textiles such as rugs, blankets, pillows, cushions and curtains. A space that is diverse in textures will create a safe and comfortable learning environment that children will flourish in.
Functionality Is Key
Above all, make sure that the space is functional for your child. Consider adding organizational furnishings like cubby holes for them to store their creative materials as well as a designated completed homework folder or tray.
Get the Kids Involved
If you are thinking about designing a fun learning space for your kids, remember to get them involved. Allowing them to select their furnishings or pick out paint colors will foster a sense of ownership and responsibility that will serve them well throughout the school year and beyond.
Have fun creating your learning space and we hope that this school year is the best one yet!
Don’t miss our Back to School Sale on children’s furniture and table/chair sets, Aug. 25 to Sept. 1.
Use coupon code: BACKTOSCHOOL20 at checkout to receive 20% off children’s furniture.