Certainly the world looks different to a young child. It is vast, fascinating and somewhat boring, and it has long been assumed that what we experience as children shapes how we see the world.
To understand how children change and develop physically and mentally throughout childhood, we need to observe several factors in depth. These include their inherited and genetic characteristics, interactions with other children and adults, and the environment in which they live, play and learn.
We start with safety because that should be your number one priority when it comes to your children. Children of all ages have different needs, and we do not intend to go into safety tips for children, although there are some great online resources that will help you prepare for the test.
Items like shelves, cabinets, and bookcases should be safe, and some products can help you achieve that goal. It does not matter if it’s anti-tip devices, safety straps on the furniture, or the devices you buy to do the work with the hardware, do your research and do what it takes to make your home safe before anything else!
For some, it is safe to consciously choose eco-friendly furniture, bedding, and paint that is non-toxic to create a healthy environment for children. As consumer safety awareness increases, brands are increasingly addressing these concerns.
Interactive spaces that encourage physical activity
To further promote healthy physical and mental development, architects have designed spaces that allow for natural creativity and freedom to play and explore, whether stacked or constructed through geometric structures – games and entertainment, because children learn best through physical activity in the form of games or physical exercise. And while some parents prefer to avoid digital screens and technology from a young age, others want to keep their children engaged from the start through interactive screens in their playrooms.
Accessibility and adaptability
One of the most important characteristics of child-friendly architecture is child-friendly features that allow children to be on their own. Similar to scale, existing architecture provides children with a space in which they can move and explore on their own. However, no two children are alike, and each age group has different spatial needs. Therefore, it is recommended that spaces be flexible and evolve as children grow.
According to the Montessori method, the presence of many colors and textures in an environment can confuse and irritate children, especially children in the lower age range. Therefore, this method recommends selecting only a few options to encourage the development of decision-making skills.
Make the most of your child’s space
Whether you are working with a small room or a lot of imagination, making the most of your child’s space is an absolute must.
This simple loft doubles the usable space in this clean, modern nursery and creates an additional play area that can easily be converted into a study nook or rest area for future children.
Keep little hands and minds busy
If you have enough space, a good workspace for kids is essential. Providing your child with a place to draw and create will not only keep them busy, but can also help their physical and mental development. As your child gets older, a personal workspace can be helpful and provide a quiet place to study and do homework.
Dual purpose design
When designing your home with children in mind, include furniture that serves a dual function. That way, both adults and children will enjoy it, and you’ll make the most of the available space. For example, under the desk, we see it in a loft. However, if you have limited space, you can also apply this concept in the dining room and turn your dining table into a place for kids to do homework and art projects.
This is both a modular shelf and a paper holder where your child can display interesting things while having easy access to the paper. In other words, creativity is the name of the game!
And do not forget that you can choose shelves instead of wall art in one part of the room! The books in the room below actually look like a kind of wall art, as the covers are colorful and exotic. Also, this solution frees up floor space (which is not the case with bookshelves).