The Environment Shapes Play

The benefit of an organized play space

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.

How does the environment actually teach children?

Since the child influences the environment they are influenced by the environment.

A good learning environment will encourage children to engage in a variety of explorations. These explorations should be based on their individual preferences and needs.

Creating an amazing play space for your child doesn’t have to be expensive or overly time consuming. And you absolutely don’t need a dedicated playroom to create an environment that invites play.

Children need a space that is beautiful, simple, and organized. This is the type of environment that encourages discovery and exploration. It is this curiosity that teaches them the most.

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