Weather entails everything from violent tornados ripping trees out of the ground, to a mild summer day. It involves titanic forces, towers of air reaching into the sky, chaos, and violence. All you have to do is look at the way Hollywood has cashed in on weather based disaster movies to understand that it can be a very interesting topic. Weather can also be lovely, and this theme will allow you to create some very cool effects in a room, from clouds, to rain, to lightning and hail. For this reason, you may be able to entice a child with one of the many aspects of this theme, and as you proceed, inspire them to want to know more about this subject.
Another great thing about a weather based theme is that it can be seasonal. You can decide to make the decorations simple, and change them as often as you like. If the winter is particularly cold, try decorating a warm sunny day into the child’s room. Alternatively you can follow the seasonal weather, matching the child’s room to the world outside. The theme can be changed as often or as little as you like. However, you should be careful to match the simplicity of the theme to how often you want to change it. Changing a complicated decorative scheme over and over is going to be tiring for both you and the child, and may cause them to completely lose interest in the activity.
Before proceeding, be certain to talk with your child and explore the various possibilities this theme may present. Try and excite them about the idea of towering tornados, lightning, hail, and blizzards. Together, come up with some ideas about the interesting, or beautiful weather you could create in the room. Let them lead the way, and try to inspire their curiosity as much as you can.
Most of the weather effects you will create will be based on decorating the ceiling and the walls. This can be done using paper or cloth. Trace the image you would like onto the material, and then cut it out with a scissor or exact-o knife. This cut out can then be easily taped or thumb tacked to the ceiling or walls.
For a more finished look, try stenciling directly onto the walls. If you are creative, you can design a scheme which will allow you to add effects to these paintings that can change the feel of the room. For instance, white billowy clouds can, at a later date, be given grey tinges to indicate that a storm is coming.
The construction paper method above is great for creating fairly solid structures such as tornados. Scatter tornados around the walls, and use cut out red H’s and Blue L’s, to indicate where the high and low pressure zones would be to create this effect. You can add a flying cow or other farm animals floating around the tornado for a comic effect.
To create the appearance of precipitation in the room, tape Christmas tinsel, or strips of reflective wrapping paper to the ceiling. Dark billowing clouds can be designed using puffs of cotton painted grey. These can be strung with some twine and hung at different levels to add a dimensional feel to the effect. You can even make lightning bolts with cardboard covered in yellow or reflective gold sheets.
Snow is also easy to simulate. Get large numbers of white throw pillows, or pillow cases, and scatter them around the room. Additionally, you can take a white sheet, and draw snowflakes across its surface. Using a snowflake stencil will make this much easier. Then drape the sheet across the floor, walls, and or ceiling to cover the room in snow. Paper doilies hung from the ceiling, and complimenting the walls, are another way to create this effect
Your decorations can be as simple or complicated as you like. You will probably want to start off with just one or two ideas, and get a feel for the child’s interest level, and how the effects work together in the room. Experiment, and work with them to come up with your own ideas. The whole process should be an attempt to inspire your child’s curiosity and creativity.
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 child’s 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 décor accessories using natural stone. These designs can be seen at PebbleZ.com