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Themes for your preschooler's bedroom

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Big kid bedroom themes

No matter how much you love your baby's nursery, it's time to face facts. Your baby isn't a baby anymore. Once your little one reaches preschool age, it's probably time to give their room a refresh. Here are our favorite creative themes to decorate your growing son or daughter's bedroom.

Preschooler's bedroom

Sports

Is there anything cuter than watching a team of preschoolers kick the soccer ball around the field? Actually, a whole room decked out for your little sports star can be a pretty sweet sight, too. Go bold with a grass-green Marmoleum floor. Choose bedding featuring your tiny athlete's favorite sport and accent with ball-shaped throw pillows. Make a personalized pennant with your son or daughter's name with some felt and spray adhesive. Use wire baskets to stash actual balls for easy access when it's time to play.

Global

Raise a child of the world by giving her a globe-themed room. Cultivate an interest in geography and travel with a bedroom bursting with maps and globes. Split a globe in half and create your own hanging pendant lights. Choose map bedding and cover an entire wall with a map mural. Mini suitcases can be used for small toy storage, or larger suitcases can be stacked to make a bedside table.

Pirate

If your swashbuckling sweetheart loves all things pirate, give him a pirate-themed bedroom. Black-and-white stripes add pirate flair to curtains, rugs or bedding. Wall decals are perfect ways to show off a skull and crossbones or an oversize treasure map. Use a treasure chest for toy storage and mount a reproduction of a ship's steering wheel on the wall for big impact on a small budget.

Princess

If your daughter loves fairy tales and dress up, she'll flip for a princess-themed bedroom. Use decals to dress her walls with fairy-tale castles, crowns and a few of her favorite princesses. Hang a chandelier for a royal touch. Use tulle, an embroidery hoop and ribbon to create a magical reading nook. Go with a color scheme of pink, lavender and white, and you'll have an easy time finding bedding, accessories and furniture to match your decor.

Planes, trains and automobiles

Transportation! What is it about things that fly, chug and zoom that preschoolers can't get enough of? Maybe it's the fact that planes, trains and automobiles are constantly on the go, just like they are! Set up a train table with plenty of tracks and train cars for hours of playtime. Hang a railroad crossing sign for big visual impact. Head to Etsy to find original artwork depicting your favorite mode of transportation. Accessorize with items featuring everyone's favorite train, Thomas the Tank Engine.

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