Every preschooler needs a space where he can go for comfort, to relax, or even to calm down during a time-out. A cozy corner can be a literal corner of a room, or it might be a nook, a window seat or some other quiet spot in the house. Whatever place you choose, make it far away from high-traffic areas and noisy distractions.
Children might be able to sit on a hard floor more comfortably than their parents can, but that doesn't mean they want to. Encourage your preschooler to spend time in his cozy space by providing comfortable seating. This might be a beanbag chair, soft play mats, large floor cushions or an armchair that he can share with you for story time.
A cozy corner requires cozy accessories. Many preschoolers have blankets or stuffed animals that they insist on keeping, even if they're starting to fall apart. Designate a special basket for these items to live in, safe and snug, waiting for your child to visit them in her special nook. Stock the space with warm quilts and pillows for chilly days; maybe you'll get lucky and your child will even take a nap.
Choose a soothing palette on the walls and in the furnishings to maintain a peaceful atmosphere. Vibrant and stimulating tones invite energy and rough-housing, while cool pastels and warm earth tones promote calm behavior. Narrow down the choices to a few mom-approved hues, then let your preschooler choose the final colors. If you paint the walls, use a kid-friendly finish, such as semi-gloss, to ease cleanup. Provide good lighting for playing and reading. Consider adding a dimmer switch or table lamps for naps.
Fill your cozy corner with quiet activities to keep your child happily occupied. Board books and favorite picture books look inviting on a low shelf, especially if displayed with the front covers showing. Add a selection of toys that invite creative and imaginary play, such as building blocks, dolls or a toy kitchen. Provide sketchpads, coloring books and crayons, but avoid messy art supplies such as finger paints and watercolors; a beloved blanket covered with paint is almost a guaranteed trigger for a meltdown.