The play environment

While it may seem counterintuitive to spend time creating an organized and thoughtful play space for kids who seem determined to destroy everything in their path, there is reason to do so.

Early educators often talk about the environment as “the third teacher.” This just means that our children's environment has a big impact on their learning and development. The environment shapes how kids play.

You want to avoid these two mistakes when designing the play and learning environment:

  1. Overloading with toys that leave little to the imagination
  2. Organizing in a way that doesn't encourage purposeful and independent play

A poorly planned environment can detract from your child's learning.