The importance of creating inviting play spaces

The importance of creating inviting play spaces


Wednesday the 17th of May the Kool Kidz Tarneit educators participated in a training session about creating inviting play spaces for children. By having inviting play spaces for the children it stimulates their interest and learning further as they are intrigued by what they see.

Janet from CMS Training had a discussion with the educators about creating inviting play spaces and about all the different resources that you can use that don’t always have to be purchased, for example finding natural resources in their backyards such as leaves or scented plants. We explored having different levels to experiences, Exploring items that can enhance the children’s senses such as adding scented flowers to playdough, how to create outdoor play space areas with plants but also incorporating basic literacy to experiences but adding words or story books. She went on to ask the educators hard questions about risk taking experiences and what is appropriate. We had deep discussions about the frustrations about setting up play spaces and having the children not use them appropriately and create mess, but we come to the conclusion that children learn all different ways and we need to teach them how to use the resources and play spaces appropriately but also that mess is okay as it shows the children have engaged in the play space, explored it and learnt from it.
After having these discussions each room was given the opportunity to go off for 10 minutes and create a play space using resources from their rooms and yards that the children would be inclined to explore.

Honeybees focused on using different materials and textures for the babies to explore.
Snugglepots were exploring using different levels of play but also inspiriting different textures all to explore with animals and natural resources such as bark and sticks.
Beetlebugs created a different level farm with different textures such as grass, leaves and logs but also incorporating opportunities for literacy and language skills as the added different farm themed story books.
Jitterbugs decided to create a cosy dinosaur small world in their arch, using lots of different natural materials such as hay, soil, pine cones and plants for the children to explore different textures but also their imagination with fake dinosaurs. Also they added a touch of literacy as they added a dinosaur book for the children to match the dinosaurs to the images inside the book.

Butterflies created a multi-level animal jungle for the children to explore and use their imagination with. Natural resources were added such as wooden plants, shells and plants to encourage the children to create different animal areas. But also animal ears were added as costumes for the children to use their creativity and pretend to be animals themselves.
Caterpillars decided to create a large dinosaur exploration area with a textured green carpet, pine cones, mini logs and rocks. Having different natural items for children available on the shelves to give them the choice to add more or take away from the experience. Also adding a dinosaur book to incorporate literacy and language skills as they find and read about the dinosaurs.

Kinder creating a tinkering station for the children having a shelf available to the children with a variety of natural resources, plants and animals for the children to explore and create with.