At the moment, our family is just too busy to embark on any type of major renovation project. As a result, the new baby is currently sleeping in a crib in the corner of our master bedroom and our oldest son Zackary is in the room we prepared for him when we first found out that I was pregnant. While it is a comfortable and functional room, it certainly doesn’t have designs and decor that are especially appealing to an almost four-year-old child.
Painting or otherwise redecorating his room would ultimately be a waste of time and money, since at some point in the near future the baby will move into Zackary’s gender-neutral nursery room and Zackary will move into a “big boy room,” the presently undecorated and unfurnished third bedroom of our house. Yet even understanding that, I couldn’t help but wish that there were something I could do to make my son’s room a little more reflective of his unique personality.
Enter Wallies, a wonderful company dedicated to providing innovative and reasonably priced wall decals, border cutouts, chalkboard decals and wall murals. Their brand new Wall Play Peel & Stick Decor looked like the perfect solution to my decorating dilemma, and I was thrilled when I was given a chance to put it to the test.
Wall Play Peel & Stick Decor consists of themed multifunctional wall decal sets that allow children to create their own unique designs. The decals are safe for most surfaces, leave no sticky residue and, best of all, are completely repositionable. Since the decals are designed to be removable, they gave me a perfect way to update my son’s room without altering the current style. As an added bonus, I will be able to move his Wall Play set from his existing room to his new room when he makes the switch!
I chose the Around the Town theme for Zackary’s room. He has a passionate love of vehicles, and this fantastic set contains two roads, eight different vehicles, street signs, trees and clouds. I knew at once that Zackary would love being able to place the cars and trucks exactly where he wanted to create his own perfect mural. Sure enough, he immediately gravitated to that exact Wall Play set when he looked through the beautiful full-color catalogue. By the time the kit arrived he was giddy with anticipation.
Because the road pieces were the largest and most essential items of the kit, my husband handled the task of positioning them on the wall. Rather than creating two separate roadways, he combined the pieces to build one large track for Zackary to play with. Once the road was completed, Zackary spent the rest of the afternoon carefully placing the trees, clouds, signs and cars exactly where he wanted them.
When he was done, the mural looked absolutely fantastic and added a whole new character to his room. But the real fun came when I explained to Zackary that the pieces could be carefully peeled off and placed in a new location.
For two solid days, my son lived in his room as he moved the vehicles from place to place on the road. While he did occasionally have to stop to get some instruction, (“I know they stick on your shirt, but you can’t put them there!”) for the most part he did a wonderful job arranging his cars. Being able to move them from place to place allowed him to use his imagination so much more than he would have with a stationary mural, and his unabashed pleasure with his Wall Play set was absolutely heartwarming.
Though children are notorious for quickly losing interest in new toys, Zackary still rearranges his Wall Play pieces at least once a day. When I put him to bed each night, I never forget to glance over at his wall to see how he has arranged his vehicles. One day he stood on his bed to stick all of the clouds as high as he could reach, because “clouds belong in the sky.” On another occasion, he had each car placed carefully end-to-end along the road, and told me that the cars had had an accident. Whatever arrangement he settled on, one thing was certain. His wall was original, modern and completely personal.
Wall Play Peel & Stick Decor has themes that range from Play Houses to Alphabet Fun to the Solar System. Whether a child wants to measure their growth or master their U.S. states, Wallies offers a Wall Play set that will completely satisfy their requirements while making their room look great.
If all goes as planned, Zackary will be moving into his new bedroom sometime this summer. While the paint, borders and furniture will all be different, I know that the Wall Play set is one thing will flawlessly make the move from Zack’s old room to his new one. What’s more, I know that he would never voluntarily leave his current room if it meant leaving his Wall Play decals behind.
Fortunately, that’s not a sacrifice he will have to make. The fantastically functional Wall Play Peel & Stick Decor is fully capable of moving to any location in our house. Any product that combines a child’s happiness with a parent’s desire for functionality is guaranteed to be an extraordinary choice. After all, nothing makes a parent happier than a happy child!
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