You can probably recall various stories, songs and characters your parents and teachers introduced to you from the time you were a toddler. Create an entertaining nursery room for your smallest of students by focusing on those same themes. Use paint, stuffed animals, plastic toys and your imagination to build a room that babies and toddlers will enjoy during their developmental years.
Create a special haven for fairy-tale characters. Display them in your nursery classroom so little ones can experience them, using their senses of touch and sight. In a corner of the room used for snacks, position Baby Bear in his very own high chair with a plastic bowl for his porridge. In another area of the room, paint a tower on the wall with the face of Rapunzel peeping out of the window. Attach a long, golden hair piece from the window that flows to the just a few inches above the floor. As with all of the ideas listed here, keep a close eye on small hands that may be tempted to try to pull the soft, nylon hair from the wall and into their mouths. The Frog Prince allows you to mount colourful, hard-plastic frogs along the wall borders, and arrange soft, plush frog stuffed animals around a lily-pad rug that the kids can use during playtime.
Farm animal themes allow babies and toddlers to observe various types of animals in a safe environment. Contrasting colours promote brain development, so consider painting farm animals, using this technique, above each crib. Black and white cows, colourful roosters and turkeys, and farm cats and dogs work well.
Underwater animals can be exciting to small children. Give the entire nursery the appearance of an aquarium. Paint colourful fish on a background of blue. Make window toppers by hanging plastic starfish and sea horses from them, using fishing line. (Do this only in windows that are free from cribs or stools.) Make jellyfish mobiles using crimped paper for the legs and small styrofoam bowls glued together to create a round shape. Hang these from the ceiling.
Draw inspiration from nursery rhymes. Set up a display of shelves on which to "house" scenes from old nursery rhymes. Arrange a small see-saw on a shelf with a doll on either end for See Saw Margery Daw. On another shelf in the room you can highlight a variation of the Muffin Man with a plastic chef who is surrounded by toy muffins and a muffin pan. You can also set a shiny bugle next to Little Boy Blue, using a large doll dressed in blue.
Paint a cow jumping over the moon, while the little cat plays the fiddle down below to fill an accent wall. Use cardboard bricks on which to set a large stuffed Humpty Dumpty next to the area the nursery teachers and toddlers use to build with different shaped blocks and large connecting toys.
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