By: Karri Bowen-Poole and Dale Oberlander, two educators who developed Smart Playrooms & who recognize that when children are engaged in a productive and organized play environment they learn and grow naturally.
- Remember that PLAY is important to a child’s intellectual growth. Children develop a sense of competence and leadership when you reinforce and value their play activities – including clean-up.
- Less is more. We find time and time again that children play more productively and creatively when their resources are limited.
- Rotate the toys and materials. This will help keep the kids interested in the same toys and materials without buying more.
- Purchase open-ended toys and materials that will grow with your children. Blocks, animals and people are some examples of a good long-term investment.
- Label your children’s toys and materials so their play is more productive and the playroom is more organized.