Space for parallel play

parallel play

Have you noticed how two or three children – or a child alone – can be engrossed in their own world, oblivious of what is happening a few feet away? I find it difficult to concentrate on my work if others are talking nearby, but children don't seem to have this problem. Perhaps they have this ability to tune out so they can focus, think and learn.

Both indoors and out, the environment should allow children's play to flow. Activity areas must be spacious enough for groups or individuals to play peacefully side by side. Simple boundaries round each area will prevent cross-traffic and disruption.

For more ideas on creating spaces for play, see our free training resource Spaces.

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