The Best Practice: Create Diverse Spaces and Activities
"Space has varied, multi-sensory experiences (e.g., music, art, water, soil, etc.) to encourage creative and diverse play experiences. Children’s art is intentionally included in the space."
The Place: Pullen Park
Pullen Park was established in 1887, making it the 5th oldest operating amusement park in the US and the 16th oldest in the world. With 66.4 acres to explore, Pullen Park offers many different types of activities that accommodate all ages. These activities include:
With so many diverse spaces and activities located in one place, families have opportunities to engage with each other in the atmosphere that best suits their family needs. This allows for relationship building and strengthening.
At Pullen Park, you can find many of The Kaleidoscope Project’s best practices in action, including enhancing accessibility and inclusion, using nature to nurture, building positive relationships, and creating diverse spaces and activities.
Creating Diverse Spaces and Activities Supports These Key Early Childhood Mental Health and Development Tasks:
Give It A Try:
You don't need 66 acres to demonstrate diverse spaces or activities. This can be done in small spaces, as well. It just takes a little imagination!
Here are some tips to get you started in creating a fun a diverse space:
For more tips, refer to the Best Practices and our Pinterest Page.
Learn From The Experts: