Home is where children spend most of their time more than anywhere else in their early years. The space that children grow up in has a great influence over them, and may even shape how they learn and play.
Here are 5 tips for creating space that inspires and nurtures creativity:
Let it be inviting and engaging
Sharp edges and cold surfaces, for example, discourage children from exploring and investigating. Try playing around with colours, decorations and furnitures to attract children's attention and promote interaction with their environment.
Go for flexible, versatile toys
Instead of toys that are simply flashy and attention grabbing, go for toys that support different playing scenarios and can be used in more than one way. The latter allows children unrestricted room to come up with new ways of playing.
Objects such as stones, leaves and wood provide natural colours and textures that are a good contrast to plastic and man-made materials. Twigs can be turned into excellent pieces of art, or petals can become imaginary "food". The possibilities are endless.
Keep it clean and organised
After all, we think and work better in an uncluttered environment. A good organizing system allows children to know where to get what they want when they want it, which gives them the freedom to make their own choice and to express themselves. It makes cleaning up a breeze too!
Decorate the house with meaningful objects
The introduction of these meaningful items that are important to the family, such as photo frames or painting, creates a sense of homeliness. It also teaches children to value and respect their personal possessions, and those of others as well.