Kids' bedrooms are a canvas just waiting to be decorated with whimsical, cartoonlike or fantastical items and designs. While companies at the recent American International Toy Fair in Manhattan focused primarily on playthings, they also introduced a variety of home decor items for babies and children that are newly available or will be released later this year. Here's a sampling of creative items to help spiff up or totally redo junior's living quarters:
FROM Teddy Tank technology
COST From $29.99 to $49.99
AVAILABLE Now at Teddytank.com
WHAT IT IS When junior wins that goldfish at the carnival -- and he will -- decorate the fish bowl with Teddy Tank, a plush animal that hugs the bowl. Feed the fish through the animal's mouth. Basic set includes plush animal and plastic bowl; other sets have more accessories.
Jake and the Never Land Pirates Bedding
FROM Jay Franco
AVAILABLE April at Target
WHAT IT IS A line of sheets, pillows and comforters based on the Disney cartoon about a band of kid pirates who battle Captain Hook.
The Everythingland Mailbox
FROM Metamorphic Toys
AVAILABLE Now at Amazon.com
WHAT IT IS A mailbox made of corrugated cardboard that kids can customize with markers, crayons, paper, paint or stickers. When the mailbox is done, parents can use it to send children letters or small gifts. Kids can write their letters to Santa or leave teeth for the Tooth Fairy.
Harley-Davidson Boy's Growth Chart
COST About $40
AVAILABLE In April from wayfair.com
WHAT IT IS Mark off your child's growth periodically on this decorative chart meant for ages 3 to 8.
Fancy Nancy Table & Chair
COST About $170
AVAILABLE September at SensoryEdge.com
WHAT IT IS The table and two chairs are meant for children ages 3 to 8. Comes with four interchangeable wooden dresses for Fancy Nancy to wear on the chair backs.
Dino Kingdom Kids' Valet Rack
FROM Teamson Design Corp. in Deer Park
AVAILABLE May at various Long Island specialty furniture stores
WHAT IT IS A toddler or kid-size clothing rack designed for children 3 and older with four dinosaur hangers. Additional hangers available for purchase.
Monster Double Spinning Bookcase
FROM Levels of Discovery
WHAT IT IS Kids can spin the bookcase to create mix-and-match monster designs. Two shelves hold favorite books; each shelf has two outside book racks for additional book storage. Also available is an Owl Revolving Bookcase.