Reading keeps the mind fast and the imagination strong. It’s important to engage your child’s interest early on to develop consistent reading habits. Redecorating a kid’s room to their favorite storybook theme will allow your child to completely immerse themselves in their favorite stories and characters. It’s a great way to get kids excited about learning and reward their learning.
When creating a storybook themed room, consider it is more than showing fanaticism. You really want to set the scene, almost as if it were a stage for a play. This gives your child an entirely new perspective of the story. Obviously décor will depend on the story, but here are some universal renovations to consider.
Make the closet the cover. Design your closet to replicate the storybook cover or create one of your own if the cover is plain. The closet is perfect for this because it opens up, just like a book. If you are willing to bring the story a little into the hall, it would be especially appropriate to put the cover on the door entering the bedroom. If you decide to do this, choose a favorite scene or character to paint on the closet door.
Dress up clothes are critical to really feel one is in the story. Make a collection of pieces from thrift stores. If it is a Disney story, these character clothes are easy to find in most Walmarts. After Halloween shopping is the time to get your best prices on costumes.
Felt, changeable walls provide a storybook ambiance from top to bottom. When I was little, I had a dinosaur felt board that I adored. Just cover the wall with felt and make felt characters and objects from the story to move around on the wall. It could be animals, cars, foods, buildings. This allows your child to recreate and rewrite the story repeatedly on the wall. This is a helpful mental exercise to create stories and situations on their own.
A wall mural of a scene is another way to create the ambiance. Or consider the actual setting of the story the characters see. Recreate their surroundings.
Oversized furniture is a whimsical addition to a storybook theme. Many children stories incorporate some matter of disproportionate sizes like Jack and the Beanstalk, Alice in Wonderland, and Goldilocks.
Large character clocks are a timeless whimsical addition. This will be a piece that can be kept for years to come.
Quotes from the book stenciled on the wall will bring the story to life.
Make sure you choose a story with a bit of longevity. After the room is redecorated, pick up another book and keep story-time going.