Every baby deserves a nicely decorated bedroom - here are various options that will let you give your baby a special bedroom to grow up in.
Wallpaper: You can buy some really fun wallpapers for children's bedrooms but beware that a small pattern or dark paper will make a room appear smaller. If you choose wallpaper, make sure you select a paper that can be washed with a damp cloth. The disadvantages of wallpaper are that you can't then add your own paint designs on top, and if you want to redecorate, you can't just paint over to change the look of the room.
Paint: If the walls aren't in great condition, then fill any marks, then line with lining paper. Choose light paints to make the room feel bigger, if there's not a lot of direct light, then look at using high light-reflecting paints to create better light. The great thing about simply painting is that when you want to change the look of the room, you only have to repaint again. You can use various techniques to make the room more interesting:-
Wallies: Wallies or wall decals are vinyl stickers that you can stick to your wall and create little scenes or other decoration. Wallies are becoming more popular in the UK, but for the widest selection of designs, look at buying online from a supplier in the USA where there is so much more choice! If you hunt around, you'll find wallies for many different popular characters as well as generic themes such as space, dinosaurs, sports, fairies, animals and so on.
Stencils and sponging: If you aren't able to create your own mural, you can always buy stencils or use sponges to create your own effects.
Choose a theme and decorate the room in a common theme throughout. Ideas include jungle, space, under the sea, fantasy fairy land or princess, although with just a little imagination, you'll come up with lots more!
Shapes and colours are amongst the first concepts that babies learn and learning them helps to stimulate connections in the brain that will continue to serve your baby as they learn throughout their childhood. Learning both shapes and colours with your baby can be fun for both of you. Here's a fun idea on how to familiarise your baby with both.
Take two potatoes and cut them in half so that at least one of the cross sections makes a circle. Now carve the other faces into a rectangle, square and triangle. You now have four large stampers!
Dip the face of the potatoes in finger paint and stamp different coloured shapes onto a large sheet of paper. Practice the stamping and discuss each shape with your baby - count the sides on the shape and point your finger around each shape as you show them. Start with a single colour and state the colour with each stamp: 'red circle', 'red square', 'red triangle', 'red rectangle'. Wipe the paint off the face each time and then start on another colour.
When you have played with these for a bit, show the effect of mixing colours; demonstrate how two colours mixed together create a different colour. Try mixing various combinations of colours to create a varied array.
Playing with shapes and colours will help to cement these concepts in your child's mind and start them on a learning path that will set them up well for school in a few years!
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