How to Make Your Kid's Workspace Feel New If Back-to-School Is Happening at Home
For most kids, going back to school usually means heading to a new classroom and picking out a desk or cubby to call their own. This is part of what gets kids excited to engage in a new academic year. However, if school is happening at home for the time being, it's important that your child feels like they have a "fresh" designated space where they can be productive and thrive at learning.
That's why we're making it easy for parents to carve out a space within their home that feels special for their kid to get their schoolwork done. Maybe it's revamping their current desk, moving furniture around to make a space feel revived, or just getting a change of scenery — keep reading for tips on how to help kids feel like they are in an exciting creative space when they resume classes.
Create a Desk Space
If they've never had their own desk before, now's the time! If you don't want to purchase a new piece of furniture, you could build one together — it's a fun way to bond and use creative problem-solving skills for some truly hands-on learning. You could also repurpose something from their room like a side table, crates, or a stool and turn it into a small workspace.
When they have their own space, your kid should also be responsible for keeping it tidy and making sure all their materials are put away at the end of the day. To keep their desk clean, use Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes as directed to kill 99.9 percent of germs that live on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Because there's nothing better for bringing creativity to life than a clean space.
Personalize Their Workspace
It's where they're going to spend the majority of their days during the week, so why not make your kid's workspace unique to them? Turn it into a craft project you can do together — build shelves, do some painting, or even do an internet search for fun vintage items like pencil holders and lamps. Let your child pick a theme, then run with it!
Switch Up an Area of the Home
If they don't have space in their bedroom or they feel more productive in other areas of the house, get creative about how to set up their desk. Perhaps you use your coffee table in the living room to double as a desk, and grab a little chair that also looks cute in the corner with a plant on it for when the school day is over. This is also a great lesson in keeping your kids accountable for their own things — if the family needs to share the space, your child should be in charge of putting away all their materials so everyone can enjoy the area together.
Make Sure They Have a Good Chair
Just like parents get tech neck and backaches from sitting in front of a computer all day, your kids will likely start to feel the effects of spending more time in front of a screen. Make sure they have a good, supportive chair that will keep them comfortable for extended periods of virtual learning. You could also add elements to a chair you already have, like a good, strong pillow and even a booster seat or thick blanket. You should also make time throughout the day to get up and stretch or do some kind of physical activity away from screens so you both can stay on top of your game.