Thursday, December 9, 2010

the point preschool: use of natural materials inside the classroom

Yesterday I took you on a tour around the inspiring outdoor playspace at The Point Preschool.  Today I'm going to take you for a little peek inside the classroom.

The Point's commitment to creating a natural playspace full of wonder isn't confined to the outdoors.

The outside is bought inside through the use of natural resources such as collections of stones or tree blocks in the block corner.

Baskets of nature's goodness on the shelves.

Small boxes of nature's goodness beckon little fingers to explore and investigate.  

Playscapes from natural materials to inspire imagination and creativity.

If you would like some inspiration for playscapes such as these I thoroughly recommend hopping over to Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning (they do courses now as well!).

The tops of the shelves are arranged with plants, nature displays and children's framed artwork.

I love this idea for a family tree:

And I think I have to agree with Georgia on this one:


  1. Wow, wow, wow Jenny, it looks like a really wonderful learning environment and I'd really like to see it first hand!
    Donna :) :)

    Thanks for the shout out about our "miniature playscapes" too Jenny. Here's a link if anybody would like to take a peak at some of them -

  2. Seeing these kinds of spaces is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing, Jenny.

  3. What a cool playspace! Thanks for sharing. Natural elements to the space really make it warm and inviting to children.

  4. This was such a personally wonderful post for me .... thanks sooo much.. i have an at home Accredited daycare here in Canada and I am also natural materials based... this is commitment i made 2 years ago and i am grateful for this post... it inspires me to continue on my journey to being 100 percent natural materials !! thanks
    light and peace