Designing an Educational Learning Space for Young Children
I studied and worked for about a decade in the hospitality industry with a taste for well-thought and “pleasing to the eye” design in mind. Since the father of my children teaches Interior Design and his research is oriented towards environmental design to enhance creativity, we usually team up to imagine and create our own furniture and remodeling at home. Here is our latest project: the kids’ new learning room. Ta daaa!
I used to have all the children books we own in bookcases at kid’s reach – now used as Montessori-inspired activities display. I realized that instead of teasing their curiosity for reading, it became a game of “how fast can I make a messy pile of books” for my two years old. Frustrated of not being able to find any book by category or theme as I needed and seeing their liking for reading diminishing, a room re-design was required!
This room is quite small and has to double as a guest room. So we needed to work around the sofa bed as well as their table and chairs and re-purpose the former bookcases as activities display.
Design an Educational Space Re-Purposing Existing Furniture:
Instead of storing the books on wall shelves – not strong enough to hold the weight – and buy a book display – that would have taken a lot of floor space for just a few items, we decided to go with an original design already tested in our living room of the bookcase below.
Design an Educational Space with Safety in Mind:
Design an Educational Space where Everything has a Place:
Design an Educational Space that Invites Learning:
The re-design of this room definitely changed their behavior towards activities and books. They are more inclined to sit down and find a proper occupation. And they are easier to manage as well. Although it is still new, we’ll look back in a few months and assess the success and lack of the design. The next bump in the road will direct the next project.
Born and raised in the French countryside, Amandine is now a mother of two active boys living in the Sunshine State, Florida. Finding my way through culture shock and an unexpected honorary career that I never thought would be so demanding but yet so life changing. I am re-creating myself at thirty through my children.
What things do you wish you could change?