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Sleeping is the main activity in a bedroom, but it is an unconscious activity. To get a good sleep is vital to have a good healthy growth process. Children bedroom therefore should be designed in such a way that furniture can easily be moved aside to allow active playing activity within the home. Their rooms determine the things they see and experience amusement. Their rooms have an effect on their behavior.
Main Activities in the Bedroom:
The design of any space must be based upon the functions and activities of room’s occupants. Therefore, one should begin by listing all the activities, materials, and event that must be accommodated. The activities that are done in a child’s bedroom are divided into three, as sleeping, playing and tidying- up.
Sleeping is vital to the human organism. Children require more sleep than mature adults. Sleep is needed to grow well and to feel rested, alert, and energetic. We should design a children’s bed for sleeping space in such a manner that they feel relax and comfortable during sleeping. Design of bed should not disturb the child’s sleep.
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- Playing :
Children spend time in playing as much as doing all the other important necessities as a part of growing up. Since it is very difficult to separate the process of playing and the function it performs in the growing child, there is no simple and one sentence definition that explains what play is. In their room we should give some flexibility of spaces. So, they can extend their play area safely.
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Playing is a natural way to support learning. To support learning we should divide a room into activity areas, where children can make smooth transition in their own time. This continuous provision enables them to develop their own routines and follow their own interest. When deciding where to locate activities area, first consider the flow of room circulation according to the location of doors, sinks and toilets. Design the spaces by sensibly keeping in mind the above point:
- Tidying up:
Tidying up is an informal learning activity. This activity teaches children about relations between things. The invitation of child for playing is communicated by the visual presence of play materials, Good storage is essential. At the beginning, things in child’s room are organized by the adults in a way children understand. Then the adults expect children to take responsibility for things, and tidying up things to storage units. The storage should be designed in such a way that children can easily handle it by them. For example, buckets with handles, baskets, trays and container according to their anthropometry will help to cooperate with activity. The other way is to define a location of the activity in an order that children can understand and help to tidy-up.
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Supportive Elements for Activities in the Bedroom
There are other activities that take places rather than just sleeping, playing and tidying up. These activities will make the main activities function better.
- Paths and Boundaries:
If there is a clear pathway throughout the room, children will move easily from one activity to another. Paths should be in flow and lead to destinations clearly visible from a child’s viewpoint. Activities areas need boundaries, not always physical boundary. Sometimes a carpet or similar visual boundary can delineate an area. If you are using physical dividers, it should be adequate to guide flow and provide security for children’s focused play. These boundaries need not be permanent. They can be made of fabric, lattice or furniture. Using shelves for boundaries is logical, serving the dual purpose of room division and storage.
- Storage and Display:
Storage should be located at point of use, child accessible, clear and understandable, and aesthetically pleasing. Moveable freestanding shelves are best within the room. It should be placed in such a manner that should not disturb the main activities. The variety of shelf types can serve different functions. Shelves that accommodate various types of display and storage and child’s these access are welcome. Children Storage should be easily accessible, so that children will love to use the things /material from it.
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Children love to show what they have made to their parents. It is celebration of children’s efforts. It will allow children to follow an interest over a period of time, motivation and concentration to improve it. We can create an interesting display for children. Display should be changed frequently to keep them relevant and interesting. Children’s confidence and independence will be strengthened if they are allowed to help maintain and create display by themselves.
Floor is a primary indoor play surface, and children tend to get more deeply involved with floor activities than with table activities. On the floor they can shift around, adjust their postures and feel in control. Floor surface should not be so crowded with furniture or other elements, so they can extend their required area while playing in a room.
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Children’s bedroom environment should stimulate interest and curiosity. However, it should not be over stimulating to children. Colour is a prime example, as since years as there is a prevailing mindset that children should be surrounded by bright colours like, vivid green, yellow, red, orange, purple, etc. But in fact children find it more difficult to relax or concentrate with loud colours. Nature demonstrates a tranquil environment, because of the vast expanses like oceans; moors, forests, and sky are varying shades of calm colours. Exciting colors come in smaller accents like, flowers, butterflies, birds, etc. Likewise, a calm color scheme in room will support a peaceful atmosphere. By using children’s art work, interesting objects that highlight an activity and cultural fabrics; we can provide brightness in room. The environment should not be saturated with colour but should be slightly plain so that the ideal balance is reached when the space is inhabited.