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Create Amazing Spaces: how to support your Child’s natural curiosity and want to learn with exciting interior design schemes for their bedroom

Create wonder-ful spaces: The Explorer’s Bedroom

Children have a natural curiosity about the world around them. A wide-eyed baby who wants to put everything in their mouth grows into an exploratory toddler who wants to touch and feel everything in sight. That toddler quickly becomes an inquisitive child, full of ideas and thoughts about their environment, How does that work? What is this? what happens when? Why?.. Why…?……….. WHY…??!

Nurturing a child’s innate curiosity is an important part of supporting their development, but they can only know what they know. If they aren’t exposed to new sensory experiences or new objects then their curiosity can fade.

Using clever and imaginative interior design ideas, it is possible to enhance a child’s immediate environment and stimulate their curiosity. This in turn leads them to grow and develop to continue asking questions as they explore the world around them.

Done well, there is a huge opportunity to provide a passive and stimulating learning environment for your child through the clever design of their bedrooms.

The trick is to start with their base-line interest. Perhaps they are fascinated with tractors? Or animals? Or maybe the sea? Ensuring that their room features this interest, represented in a number of different ways, will lead the child to buy-in to the overall scheme.

Once they are hooked, you can use this interest as a trigger to a wider context of learning, expanding their educational horizons.

A mind map is a great way to understand the myriad ways you can contextualise their interest and increase the learning potential of their space.

For example; your child loves tractors, they are tractor mad. Whether it’s a Ford or Massey-Ferguson they know their flat bed from their bailer. The wider context of that interest could look at the history of farming, the use of horse and plough perhaps the germination process of wheat? Or maybe you could introduce the idea of a timeline infographic wall chart and show how farming has progressed in the last hundred years and how it may progress in the next hundred.

Understanding how your child learns is fundamental to the design of the room. If they are a little bookworm and love to read, set up a comfortable reading corner with their favourite farming books clearly displayed and easily accessible. If they are a visual learner, include artwork that explains various aspects of the wider context of farming, like the germination process of wheat, in a pictorial form.

Perhaps their toy storage solution could utilise an upcycled potato sack or milk churn? Again stimulating questions on the history of farming. Maybe their rug is selected because it looks like a ploughed field and encourages imaginative play? The opportunities are endless.

Don’t forget to include design features that allow your child to hide away and create secret spaces to get lost in their imagination. This could be done through a built-in cabin bed, for example, where the base is used as a bed and the the top deck is a secret play space disguised as a hayloft.

Finally, be mindful that your child will change and mature in the coming years, so be sure to create a space that can be easily adapted to suit their growing needs. Perhaps simply update wall art or a feature wall as their passions change.

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