When your little girl turns 6, she experiences several different developmental milestones. A child's independence begins to emerge. She usually prefers playing with other little girls as opposed to boys and even has a best friend who might become her "best" enemy a couple of days later. Her sense of self begins to come out as she works on puzzles or makes crafts. Knowing these milestones will help you as you start decorating her room, because you'll be able to embrace some of her individual preferences in the decorating and make areas to incorporate some of her favourite activities.
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Things you need
- Paint and accessories
- Small table
- Decorative mirror
Choose a decorating theme for the room. Girls this age identify with storybook and film characters. They may want to see Jasmine from "Aladdin" or Peter Cottontail in their rooms. Choosing a decorating theme helps you on a couple of fronts. Besides giving you a decorative motif, it provides you with some potential colours to use as well.
Decorate the walls. Try painting on patterns like thick stripes or circles. Add stencils to the walls. Put up posters that match your decorating style. Your daughter may have preferences; try to incorporate those.
Recycle where you can. Incorporate this by repainting the bed frame, dresser and desk so that they match the colours for the decorative motif that you've chosen.
Buy a trundle bed for sleepovers; this allows your daughter to invite over her new-found friends and develop social skills.
Create a place in the room where your daughter can do special activities like putting together puzzles or painting pictures. One way to make this work is to position a small table and chairs near a built-in bookcase. The supplies she needs to do her projects will be within arm's reach, and with a little help, she can learn how to take care of her things by putting them away. This area can function as storage for toys also.
Give your daughter something to look at by hanging up a mirror so she can see herself before heading off to school. Fun girl shapes include mirrors that look like giant hand mirrors or one that has a frame that your daughter decorated using paints, sequins and other crafty materials.
Display a collection that's important to her. Kids this age enjoy collecting things. Take advantage of this by incorporating it into the decorating motif. If your daughter collects pound puppies, antique teddy bears, clowns or other items, create a shelf for her collection.
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