The Best Practice: Nature to Nurture
Physical Characteristic - "Space design includes natural features such as logs and rocks that promote open-ended play."
The Showcase Site: Families Together
Families Together designed spaces for natural play and family time. A stump circle provides a place for children to play and for families to chat and spend time together. Tree cookies and naturally found branches provide building materials for forts and anything else a little one can imagine.
In addition to the natural play area, Families Together transformed the porches of their apartment units to create an inviting place for families to spend time outside together and play. They added benches, child size furniture, natural blocks, outdoor carpets, and art easels.
Nature to Nurture Supports These Key Early Childhood Mental Health and Development Tasks:
Give It A Try:
There are many ways to create an inviting and fun space that includes natural features.
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Learn From The Experts:
Want to see real life examples? Families Together features elements of all 5 Best Practices. Check out the space! Schedule a visit!