If only you could grant your child’s wish and bring him to the zoo every single day. That would be swell, right? Every time your sweet little one sees animals on TV, he gets all excited and recalls his exciting time visiting live animals in their “home” in the city. You in the meantime, relish the look of giddiness on your child’s face. I have good news for you…you can bring the zoo to your home, right to your child’s bedroom, playroom or whatever spare room you have. His very own animal place!
To decorate with animals in mind is easy to do. All you need are some materials (very easy to find) and additional props to complete the design. First, paint the walls the colors of the outdoor. Zoos are outdoor venues and using colors that depict the feeling of being outside and going around the zoo grounds makes it more realistic. Paint the walls and ceilings a sky blue and dabble some white for the clouds. Paint pictures of trees, benches, grass, flowers, etc. If you can incorporate the images you see in your local zoo, the more your kid will associate the design with the real zoo. Adding some animal pictures to the paint will be great! If not, hang posters and artworks with animals, the wild or zoo images in them.
Next, have a black garden hose ready and use this to mount small stuffed animal toys. This will be the make-shift bars for the animals. The hose should have a floor to ceiling reach. Attach the hose loosely to the wall with a double sided tape or strong glue. Secure the attachment with screws. Make sure that the hose bars won’t bulge or bend when placed with the stuffed animals.
Accessorize the room with more animal-inspired objects such as beddings and curtains in animal prints. For better effects, decorate with an animal printed area rug and make it the room’s focal point by placing it at the center. You can add another one or two smaller rugs placed by the door and by the window or cabinet also in animal prints. An alternative is to buy children area rugs with animal drawings. Your child will love the colorful design and most of all, the images of cute animals, right there on his bedroom floor!
In addition to animal print area rugs, you should use various animal prints for bedding and curtains. This will go well with wooden furnishings. If you truly feel creative and have the resources, consider finding a bed shaped like a train engine and stencils the words Zoo Express on the side. A train tour of the zoo is always a fun experience and now your child can treat him or herself to a ride through the zoo any day of the week.
Your child will never have to miss visiting the zoo. His playtime will always be fun, surrounded by his favorite animals. And you will always see a happy smile on your child’s face.