Friday, August 26, 2011

creating quiet spaces outdoors at preschool

Jim Greenman called them 'places to pause'.

Just as children need quiet, personal spaces for peace and calm in the classroom so do they need small, hidden spaces outdoors to escape the hustle and bustle of a preschool day.

Creating quiet, peaceful spaces outdoors

While waiting (impatiently) for our vegetation to grow to create natural nooks and crannies and hidey spots outdoors, we look to other ways to create quiet spots for one or two children:

 You can find more of our outdoor cubby spaces here.

Natural spaces are calming for children (and adults too) - so how better to create a space for peace outdoors than with nature itself.  This willow hut is from Timotay Playscapes:

Another way to add a living hiding space to your outdoor area is with a bean teepee.

Or how about using plantings to create natural barriers and divisions, like this lovely space at the Ellie V Pullin Preschool courtesy of Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning:

Adding some seating and a water fountain to a tucked away corner creates a beautiful space to pause.  This from BusyBee Daycare:

Adding some comfy cushions to a shady outdoor space creates an inviting space to sit and watch the world go by.  Juliet from I'm a Teacher Get Me Outside Here recently shared this image from Cowgate Under 5's Children's Centre:

And don't forget, by providing a play space rich in movable loose parts you are giving the children the means to create their own spaces:

You might also enjoying taking a look at:

Just add places to pause, places to hide, places to rest.
A Place for Peace
Quiet, peaceful spaces in preschool

How have you created small, hidden, secret spaces in your outdoor play space?
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