Decorating a childís room based on a theme, is a good way to focus
your creative decorative talents. Choosing a science based theme, means
that you will be reinforcing learning and thinking in your child every
time they walk into the area. However, you donít want to decorate their
room in such a way that you make it unpleasant for them. That is why
you should talk with the child first, and discuss how they feel about
your ideas. Discuss various themes, and try to steer them towards ideas
that may give them a chance to learn something about the world. If you
canít get them excited enough to work with you, then it is probably not a
good idea to proceed. One theme which may interest them, is decorating
their room based on volcanoes.
Within the silent mountainís belly, there is a fire growing hot. Its
flames are fierce and growing bolder, stronger, until the very rock
around it melts into an angry molten goop. The fire grows greater still,
and expands outward pushing against the mountains walls, seeking to
escape, growing hotter, fiercer, until, it explodes in a blast of fire and
ash that blots out the sky.
This is the excitement of the volcano, the idea of titanic destructive
forces. Use the lure of such ideas, to get your child to ask questions
as you proceed with the development of the area. Try and arouse their
curiosity, then help them find the answers. Gather lots of books with
big pictures, to use as references and inspirations for your work. Before
you begin, look through the books to find out about the different
rocks, effects, and structures that occur within a volcano, in order to make
the room as authentic as possible.
A good place to begin is the floor. Unless the room has orange, red, or
pink carpeting, you may want to purchase a few red throw rugs to
scatter about the room. These can be pools of lava surrounded by rock. A game
you can play is to tell the child to avoid stepping on the lava, so
that they have to jump from bare patch to bare patch to get around the
room. This turns the entire space into a big toy.
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Flames and lava flows which run down the wall can be simulated by
cutting out pieces of red construction paper in the shapes of flames. Yellow
or orange outlines drawn into these will give them a nice effect. Thumb
tack these to the walls, and even the ceiling, to surround the area
You can create whole volcanoes in a similar manner, by using larger
sheets of brown or gray paper. Your volcanoes can be small, with the
appearance of being off in the distance, or huge reaching straight up to the
ceiling. Either way you can use cotton painted gray at the tops of the
volcanoes to create the look of smoke billowing from its crest. A
border of grey clouds along the top of the room, with a series of volcanoes
on the walls reaching up to it, can be a nice interplay of dark and
light colors. Experiment to see if this is an effect that you and your
This kind of a theme goes hand in hand with starting a rock collection.
You can begin by purchasing some rocks that really came from a volcano.
With a little research, you and your child may be able to locate rocks
which are just lying around from a volcanic explosion millions of years
ago. Even if they arenít from a volcano, any interesting rocks you find
can be collected, and displayed in the room, to help the overall
ambience of the volcano that you are trying to create.
Designing the room together can be both a wonderful bonding experience
that also allows them to learn something. Encourage them to research
further, and to make the room as realistic as possible. At the same time,
engage their imagination, and help them to develop a vision of what
their room should look like, and then implement it. In this way you will
be encouraging many positive traits in the child while working with them
will help the two of you grow closer.
Children should not try any of these ideas out themselves without the
consent and supervision of an adult. Caution should always be used in
any activity that involves a child. Make certain that none of your
decorative efforts causes any damage to the childís safety.
Joey Lewitin is an artist and interior designer who has always advised
the use of creativity in decorating ones home. For many years he has
been one of the premier Pebble Artists working with PebbleArt Inc to
create unique home dťcor accessories using
natural stone. These designs can be seen at PebbleZ.com.