Wednesday, August 24, 2011

quiet, peaceful spaces in preschool

Did you enjoy yesterday's guest post from Playful Learning's Mariah Bruehl on spaces for peace? 

Today I'm going to build upon Mariah's post by sharing with you some images of how others have created quiet, peaceful spaces for children.

Preschool is a dynamic, vibrant environment that can become overwhelming - for children and adults alike - if there aren't spaces to retreat to to pause for a while, recharge your batteries, hang with a special friend or just observe the goings on before deciding on what next to do.

Creating Quiet, Peaceful Spaces for Children

Recently we added a simple pop-up tent indoors, and teamed it with a rug, comfy cushions and a couch:

Or you could go all crafty and create your own tent using tab curtains.  Lawrence Girls shows you how:

A tent at Cowgate Under 5's Children's Centre provides a private retreat from the hustle and bustle:

Cushions, cushions and more cushions - another cosy space from Cowgate Under 5's courtesy of Juliet from I'm a Teacher Get me Outside Here.

Mosquito nets and cushions are a simple and effective way to create a child-sized space in the home or early childhood centre.  Here is one from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning:

This gorgeous space was created by the wonderful Repurposed Playground:

A canopy serves to divide up a larger space, like this one at Little Wonders Preschool:

If you'd like to see some more images of peaceful spaces in preschool, hop on over to Creating Quiet Spaces.

How have you created a space for peace for your children?

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