In the first part of this article we explored the importance of colors and murals in the design of educational spaces for children's development.
Now, in the second part, we will delve into some key strategies that architects and designers can employ to create educational environments that stimulate children's growth and learning.
Here are some extra considerations when creating beautiful spaces to help children’s educational development:
Identify the size and shape of the spaces
Planning the size and shape of an educational space is essential, considering its functionality and the age of the children using it. For classrooms, it is important to accommodate learning or physical activities accordingly. For nurseries, ample room for cribs, feeding and changing areas is necessary. Storage space and room for children to move around should also be included. Multi-purpose rooms can benefit from foldable partitions to create flexible spaces for different activities. Open shared spaces and indoor play areas promote healthy physical activity.
It is crucial to design items in the room to be accessible for children while ensuring that unsafe items are out of reach. Accessibility should be considered, with wide doorways and maneuverable classrooms for children in wheelchairs.
Arrange Furniture and Floor Coverings
Considerations for designing educational spaces include furniture placement and selection. Adjustable furniture that can be configured for different age groups is recommended, and furniture on wheels allows for easy mobility. Furniture should also be cleanable, resistant to scratches, and free from sharp edges or peeling paint for maintenance and safety purposes.
Flooring choices, such as area rugs and different floor patterns, can help define spaces within the room. Child-friendly area rugs offer flexibility as they can be moved around, and specific spaces can be designated for activities like reading, block play, and doll play.
Organizing sufficient space in accordance with the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education promotes constructive behavior in children. Adequate space organization supports skill development and reduces the risk of injury during simultaneous activities.
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Next week we'll publish Part III. Stay tuned!