I’ve personally found you can get creative with learning especially with toddlers/preschoolers. I’ve done some crazy things for Bunny girl’s room but crazy as some of them may be, they’ve taught Bunny girl and she has enjoyed( and continues to enjoy) the learning experience..that’s all that matters to me!
We have an ABC mat in her room and when she was just learning her ABCs, we’d call out letters and have her hop out to the alphabet called. Read more about this in my Mommy Tip Post #2.
I also have magnetic alphabets all over our fridge and now that she will soon start coining small words together, its a fun way to get her to experiment on her own. She has started to identify her name when the letters are put together on the fridge .
When Bunny girl was close to turning 2 , she was crazy about Elmo and his furry companions. Fortunately I found a stack of number flash cards (Picked this up from Target in their dollar aisle) with the Sesame Street characters on them. I pasted the cards onto individual chart squares and stuck them up on her chest of drawers. She learnt her numbers and the room looks cute!
When we were learning colors we cut up butterflies in different colors and plastered them on the empty wall in her room. Not only were the butterflies a very economical way to decorate her room but they also helped Bunny girl learn all her colors.
I’ve done red chart cutouts of shapes and had them put up on the wall. We’d play a game to learn the shapes. I’d call out a shape and she’d have to toddle up to the shape, touch the shape and toddle back to me. ( She was a year and a half then). Can’t seem to find a photograph of the same as it was quite a while back and since then the shapes have found their retirement home in one of the drawers!
The sky’s the limit when it comes to merging your toddler’s/ preschooler’s learning and interior decorating his or her room. Get creative and become a kid again! Make fun, colorful posters, pictures and cutouts and think of little games that can be associated with the ‘decor’ in his or her room. You will find your little one will have a great time playing and in the process will learn all that he or she needs to in the process!