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How to Design a Playspace for Learning

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You could spend all day gathering playspace inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram, but there is so much more to a great playspace than a really cool wall mural. It takes true design intention to create a playspace that encourages learning for young children, with consideration of both form and function. 

Here at Vivvi, we know your young child’s developing brain is a sponge – seeking out information about everything in their path to make sense of the world around them. And we have designed our campuses to be experiences that encourage that exploration.

“When we’re designing a Vivvi campus, we are always looking to give children as much independence as possible – we think about this whether we’re deciding where to put crayons and scissors at an art station or how close the hand towels should be to the bathroom sink,” says Rachel Duda, Vivvi’s VP of Learning. “We want children to be able to see and navigate their playspace on their own, so they’re able to make decisions without having to ask for help.”

We’ve spent years working with educators and designers to create the aesthetic educational dreamscape that are our Vivvi campuses, and the tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way will help you design a playspace of your own with just as much intention.

Set learning goals to bring your space to life.

If your goal with playspace design is to give children the opportunity to have lots of different types of experiences in one place, you’ll need to consider a range of design features. From how a space is lit to where you place the tools your children will need for learning, every decision should be intentional.

Our Vivvi campuses are designed with children’s play in mind, taking into account all of the experiences that they might have over the course of a day. Each specialized zone animates our curriculum and philosophy so children can follow their curiosity to find answers to their questions. 

Four concepts we consider when designing every Vivvi playspace include: lighting and layout; movement and physical activity; independent or small group learning; and thoughtful design details just for young children.

Lighting and Layout

When possible, choose a space that lends itself well to your child’s experience or add thoughtful details that help enhance the space you have. Vivvi’s campuses are full of natural light and designed with intentionally open floor plans that allow children the freedom to explore in a safe space created for them.

  • Open floor plans allow children to move freely from one activity to the next without leaving the space they are in. Open floor plans are also helpful to caregivers who need to keep an eye on more than one child.
  • You can’t underestimate the power of natural light, especially for little young children who are still working on their circadian rhythm. If you’re able, make sure your child’s playspace is in a room with lots of good, natural light.

Movement and Physical Activity

Young children need daily physical activities for strong capable bodies – and to play!

Independent or Small Group Learning

When children are surrounded by the right tools, they’re empowered to play and learn independently and in small groups. 

  • Designate specific areas of your playspace to specific activities that support your child’s learning and development. Learning centers should feature a desk or table for your child to do tablework like cutting, gluing or drawing.
  • When it comes to storing your child’s learning supplies, whether you’re talking about small manipulatives or art supplies, keep supplies neatly organized in bins and stored where your child can see it (think their eye level).
  • From math to imagination to art to literacy, each Vivvi classroom has dedicated areas designed specifically for learning to come alive through play.

Thoughtful Design Details

The learning and development that takes place in the first few years of a child’s life are so impactful, and their playspace should reflect that specific age range. 

  • Pay special attention to the bottom four feet of a room. This is where your baby or young child lives! Sit on the floor and take a look around. Are all the pretty and interesting things above your head? Consider hanging art and mirrors at your child’s eye level.
  • Every experience is a learning opportunity for young children. Think about adding a mirror or ballet bar close the floor or other details that would tempt a young child to explore. 
  • It’s not just about you! Sure, our Vivvi campuses look beautiful to adults, but they are truly designed for children, from the colors we use to way we organize our toys. We hope that all the tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way can help you design a beautiful (and functional!) child centered space in your own home.

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