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Playful decor for children's rooms

Fancy Nancy Table & Chair Set by KidKraft

Fancy Nancy Table & Chair Set by KidKraft costs $170 and is available at Meant for children ages 3 to 8, the set comes with four interchangeable wooden dresses for Fancy Nancy to wear on the chair backs. Photo Credit: Handout

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:

Teddy Tank

FROM Teddy Tank technology

COST From $29.99 to $49.99


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

COST $19.99-$32.99

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

COST $19.95


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

FROM KidKraft

COST About $40

AVAILABLE In April from

WHAT IT IS Mark off your child's growth periodically on this decorative chart meant for ages 3 to 8.

Fancy Nancy Table & Chair

FROM KidKraft

COST About $170

AVAILABLE September at

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

COST $118

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

COST $199

AVAILABLE Now, order through Bellini Furniture, 516 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, 631-421-2229,

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.


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