Room to Grow 2For Three- to Seven-year-olds

De­sign a space ver­sa­tile enough to ac­com­mo­date your child’s growth – from tit­ter­ing tot to thriv­ing teen – with these ex­pert tips on sleep, play and study ar­eas.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Kids - BY CH­ERYL LEONG

1 For Ba­bies to Two-year-olds Curb your ex­cite­ment so you don’t go over­board cre­at­ing the­matic rooms for your new­born’s nurs­ery. These are gen­er­ally not fea­si­ble if you want the room’s de­sign to last for the next eight to 10 years, says Mala.

“Themed rooms re­quire more ef­fort to re­model – es­pe­cially if you have painted or dec­o­rated the walls and fur­ni­ture – when you or your child gets bored.”

This is the time for you to en­gage in play with your kids be­fore they en­ter for­mal ed­u­ca­tion in pri­mary school, so de­sign spa­ces suit­able for play­time, says Nur.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

• Cre­ate “bub­bles” for fam­ily bond­ing… Young chil­dren play and crawl on floors a lot, so lay car­pets or rugs in the bed­rooms to pro­tect their hands and knees. “Ar­range fur­ni­ture around your child’s room to cre­ate a ‘bub­ble’ in the mid­dle or in­stall a craft ta­ble, and use a nice, big car­pet to mark that as a fam­ily play area for spread­ing out toys and games,” says Nur.

A craft ta­ble in the mid­dle of your child’s room is good for fam­ily bond­ing.

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