Daycare centers provide a safe, healthy, monitored environment for children during those hours of the day when their parents are not available to provide the constant care kids require. Daycare centers should be appealing, not just to the parents, but also to the children they serve. Make the space inviting with daycare decorating ideas.
Pictures on the Walls
Paint colorful murals directly onto the walls or on large canvas panels to hang on the walls. Murals depicting storybook scenes or natural landscapes will make rooms look bigger and add colorful details to walls that would otherwise appear plain and boring. Large plants and exotic birds create a jungle theme; a barn with horses and cows depicts a farm theme; dark blues and blacks, studded with stars and planets are a wall that disappears into outer space. Use different murals in different rooms or areas of the daycare to affect mood or encourage learning. A calming beach scene or the silence of dark space works for the nap time area; a lively zoo or circus scene is fine for the crafts or storytime corner.
Bright, vivid colors provide punch and interest to any daycare setting. Bolder shades are more likely to capture young children's attention than soft pastel colors, calming as those might be. Infants do notice contrast between light and dark, so don't be afraid to add a few touches of dark brown or navy blue to the color scheme. Floors, walls and window treatments that are exuberantly and vividly colored make the daycare feel exciting and interesting. Painted wood or colorful plastic tables and chairs will provide more bright spots within the daycare.
Crafts, Chalk and Chill Time
Get the older kids involved in decorating "their" daycare to help them make the space their own. Trace small splayed hands onto construction paper, cut out the hands and write each child's name on their hand. Then make a daisy chain of waving hands to string across a window or wall. Paint one wall or a section of wall, low near the floor, with chalkboard paint and hand out big colored chalk eggs and stubby sticks of chalk for scribbles and creative expression -- erasing is often as much fun as making the art. Pile big bright cotton and corduroy pillows in the reading corner for story time, or any time a child wants to flop down and page through a picture book.
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