A cozy corner for reading timeSeptember 19, 2015
If you have a keen young reader at home there is no better place for his or her favorite activity than a cozy spot in their room where no one would disturb them. On the other hand, if your young ones are not that into a written word perhaps they need just a little push into the right direction and providing them a corner where they would drift into the wonderful world of books would trigger their interest. In any way, here is how to create a cozy corner for their enjoyable reading time.
Naturally, the kids’ room would be the best location since it would provide a secluded enough place for them not to be disturbed by anything that goes on in the rest of your house. The ideal spot would be next to the window so they could make the best use of natural light while reading. However, if that is not possible or your kids prefer early evenings as their reading time, make sure you pick the right source of artificial light.
Numerous studies deal with the effect artificial light has on health. However, unless your children have health problems caused by artificial light, there are just a couple of notions you should take into account when choosing a proper one for their reading corner. First and most important is that it provides enough luminosity. Still, too much is a problem. Therefore, dimmable ones would be perfect since children could customize them to their preference. Lastly, reading lamp should be positioned slightly behind the reader. That is all that needs to be implemented to have the most appropriate lighting conditions.
Furniture and accessories
A small desk and a comfortable chair will do. Normally, the design should follow the rest of the room and you should make the final choice only after you consulted your children. After all, you are doing this for their satisfaction in the first place. On the other hand, if they like to stretch down on the floor while reading, which is usually the case for younger children, opting for a thick kid’s rug would provide the most comfort. Couple it with colorful pillows and you will have a real cozy reading spot. Finally, do not forget a nice bookshelf to keep their favorite literature in.
Why not make it a joint venture? This proves to be significantly important for their proper development, the firmness of parent and child bond and especially for their first reading steps. Any other that follows will surely be easier if you lay their reading foundations in this manner. On the other hand, you will surely benefit from it too, especially in your children’s more grown up days. It is not rare that parents and children spend less bonding time together as they grow up. However, your mutual reading time could become a tradition and you honor it as long as they are under your roof.
Bring the colors in
As it was the case with pillows mentioned above, make the reading corner as colorful as possible. Hang the posters of your children’s favorite books and characters on the walls. Another fun thing to do is to draw with them the most memorable moments of the books they had read and relive the moments together while doing it. All these works of art will be great memories someday
By implementing all of these ideas you will surely create a great reading corner for your kids. Still, do not forget to have fun along the way and make time to spend those reading hours together as much as possible.