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Guest Post by Keri of Bon Voyage With Kids
As an avid traveler, and someone who has worked in the cultural exchange and travel industries (and a former Disney Cast Member), my husband and I have prioritized multicultural experiences for our kids. In fact, raising our kids as global citizens is at the forefront of our parenting.
And, let us be honest, as a former Disney Cast Member, I am a full-on Disney-file. I believe you are never too young or old for Disney magic in your life.
So, when we became pregnant with our twins, we decided to go with our family’s favorite Disney ride and the one that most represents our love of travel, “It’s A Small World.” It’s such a happy, joyful ride and theme, and it connects kids with children from around the world. It represents our family’s love of all things Disney, and our love of travel. It even teaches the littles a few words in other languages.
Step-by-Step For Creating A Disney’s “It’s A Small World” Themed Nursery
I love themes. Once I get a theme in mind for a room or a birthday party, I go all out from soup to nuts. I love to really transport a room or an event to feel like you are having an experience. The “It’s A Small World” room is no different.
Room Paint Color
You could really go with any paint color you want. I kept feeling like blue was the right choice for this theme. It represents the sky and ocean, so, it felt like the right color. I chose Benjamin Moore Wild Blue Yonder as our background. But you could get creative and keep it white and add wall stickers or have a mural painted. The best part of this theme is that it so colorful, anything goes!
“It’s A Small World” Bedding
Eight years ago, when I was creating this room, I could not find any retailer who was selling “It’s A Small World” bedding. I had to sew my own with fabric I found on Etsy.
Luckily for you, Pottery Barn Kids now has an “It’s A Small World” bedding collection! Complete with fitted sheets, mobile, rug, swaddle blankets, and a throw blanket, it includes everything your little world traveler would want!
“It’s A Small World” Accessories
For my twin’s nursery, I found fabric like Alexander Henry’s “Children Of The World” fabric to sew a hanging diaper bag and simple curtains. You can find a similar fabric on Etsy. You can also find “It’s A Small World” ribbon if you want to add accents to the curtains.
I also added a collection of authentic “It’s A Small World” dolls from Disneyland I had purchased on eBay. These dolls were placed around the room on hanging shelves. You could really use any dolls to make the same idea. This collection of dolls from around the world from Lakeshore Learning would make a perfect set to include in your child’s room.
I am also all about themes, and no detail is too small. This darling “It’s A Small World” clock would make a perfect addition to your child’s room.
My last touch was hanging hot air balloons. I don’t know what it is, but hot air balloons are a perfect fit for the “It’s A Small World” theme, and they seem so precious in a baby nursery or a child’s room. I purchased four of this collection on Amazon and hung them off of the curtain rods. But you could put them hanging from the ceiling or wherever you like. I also love these hot air balloon string lights.
I kept our lighting simple, but if I had to do it over again, I might have made the lighting a sun. This sun ceiling light on Amazon makes me smile.
At last, is the rug. I chose a rug from Pottery Barn Kids that had a cultural feel to it. But like the paint color, you could even get a rug that shows a globe or travel.
“It’s A Small World” Art
Wall art, murals, and even wall stickers can really help transport your child’s room to Disney by completing the theme. For my twins’ room, I purchased Mary Blair “It’s A Small World” posters at Walt Disney World and had them framed around the room. These pieces may be harder to come by, though eBay is always a great resource to check. You can even buy postcards and frame them.
I also purchased wall stickers themed with kids from the It’s A Small World wall decal collection (which is now discontinued) and flowers, on which I wrote “hello” in several languages. These were placed all around the room. But again, check on eBay, as you can often find discontinued items there. You can also use something different like this wall sticker collection. Another idea is to create your own “around the world” wall sticker collection, using wall stickers or a painted mural of landmarks like Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, or the Taj Mahal.
You can find some similar options on Etsy, like this “It’s A Small World” poster art. Just buy a simple frame from Target, and hang!
TIP: If you like an Etsy shop’s offering but cannot find exactly what you need, email the shop owner. Often, they can create what you need, just for you!
It’s A Small World Books and Music
Even newborn globetrotters and mini musketeers will love to be read to and listen to soothing music. Get them started early with this fabulous collection of “It’s A Small World” board books for the little ones. There are several in this series. We had every one of them when my kids were small.
Last but not least, little “It’s A Small World” fans can start their boat ride adventure at home with this sweet little bath time set.
The Last Thing You Need to Know About Creating An “It’s A Small World” Nursery
Really the sky is the limit. There is so much flexibility with this theme, and a great number of options, to bring the joy and magic of Disney and the idea of connecting with kids around the world into your home. Remember that Pottery barn Kids, Etsy, eBay, and Amazon are great resources to find items for this collection. But most importantly, it will be a wonderful space for your kids to enjoy, and for you to enjoy spending time with them surrounded by happiness.
Stay in Touch with Keri:
Keri is a wife, mom of three, and a family travel blogger at Bon Voyage With Kids. Keri is an expert in family travel, having been an avid traveler before having kids and now with her kids. She has lived abroad three times, traveled to more than 30 countries, is a former Disney Cast Member (and a guest more times than she can count), and worked for an educational travel company.
She loves to inspire families to enjoy the journey of traveling with kids. Keri also writes for TravelingMom and is a member of the Red Tricycle Spoke Contributor Network, and a member of the Family Travel Association.