Monday, January 17, 2011

labyrinths in children's playscapes


There is something fascinating and beautiful about labyrinths, don't you think?  Here are some images I have found of labyrinths in children's playscapes and backyards:



Image: Montessori by hand
 I've had enormous success with this labyrinth in the outdoor environment. Not only does it provide the challenge to balance and movement that young children desire, it is a wonderfully quiet and meditative activity.  Meg from Montessori by Hand


This backyard labyrinth was created by letting the grass grow, and then going at it with a whipper snipper:


A variation on a labyrinth using logs:



Image:  Nelson Waldorf School
A spiral created from stumps:


You can find information on building a labyrinth here.

15 comments:

  1. "The Labyrinth is for Everyone. It is a journey. It is different for each person. There are no rules!" - Author Unknown

    Donna :) :)

    P.S. I WANT a labyrinth!

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  2. Jenny you find the most amazing pic's! Trouble is, I see it and I want it!

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  3. Is that spiral made from stumps by any chance at the Children's Museum in Palo Alto, CA??

    Great ideas, here.

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  4. Nevermind--I just did some research and answered my own question--it is from Palo Alto. We lived there for five years and moved to Montreal 2 1/2 years ago. Seeing that photo, I remember that like it was yesterday--it's a great facility and I used to take my older daughter there all the time as a toddler. Funny the things you remember :).

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  5. Having a labyrinth...so cool. Think I'll wander the halls of the office today and just think.

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  6. A labyrinth was mowed into a field next to our church last spring. It was full of wild flowers, butterflies, and all sorts of unique creations. Hadn't thought it being used for preschoolers, but what a great place to explore!

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  7. One of the great things about some of those spiral labyrinths, especially the one made from tree rounds, is that they could also double as a fantastic outdoor circle time area.

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  8. This is so neat. I definitely want one! And I'm with Tom---I want to have circle time there!!!!!

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  9. I like the variety that you have sourced here, Jenny. I think what is important to state is that most of the ones you've got here are mobile - in other words they can easily be recreated in different ways using the materials to hand. This is what seems to happen at the Coombes School. http://creativestarlearning.blogspot.com/2010/07/maze-ing-labyrinths-at-coombs-school.html

    I've also seen black bags used to block out light on grass to create a maze and the use of haybales or the planting of flowers such as daffodils and sunflowers!

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  10. The stump labyrinth in Palo Alto is one of my 2 year old's favorite places in town. It's truly inspired, and I love that someone had the vision to install it in a public place. Thanks, Jenny!

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  11. Love your posts! This one inspired me to create a spiral in our snow last night, instead of shovel it all off our driveway. Kids were fully entertained, and then we made trails connecting it to other trails. It was so fun for them, and I would have never thought of it if I hadn't seen your post. Keep it up! I have a photo of it too, not sure how to attach, I can send it to your email if you want.

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  13. This post is so full of wonderful labyrinth inspiration! I'll be featuring it on The Crafty Crow!

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  14. Oh, I love these, Jenny! We do our leaf labyrinth in the fall (have you seen it?), but I would absolutely love to do a permanent one with stones. The one at the top of your post is so gorgeous! Pinning this!

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  15. Amazing way to "let the children play"! Thanks for this article!

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