Playful Spaces

So, I’m in the middle of taking the Playful Learning e-course, and I promise to tell you all about it when I’ve finished it.  I will tell you, that you want to sign up for it when you have plenty of time to do the homework because it obviously involves rearranging things and can be time intensive.


But, as I was getting ready for small group the other night I decided to set up a “Playful Space” to help preserve my upstairs………….  12 or so kids running around is not always conducive to a clean upstairs.

So, here’s what I came up with:


I just set up our wooden Melissa and Doug castle on some green fabric with defenders all over the escarpments.  Then approaching the castle were all of the fantastical monsters on the grass.  Far off is the pirate ship on some blue fabric.


From the sounds of thuds I heard upstairs the boys really loved the set up.  The only complaint came from Princess who said the boys wouldn’t let the girls play with the castle.  You can’t win them all.

9 thoughts on “Playful Spaces

  1. My boys would love to play with that set up!
    Perhaps you should set up a seperate play area for the girls?

    I have been doing the same sort of thing with school materials this year…called strewing, I believe. It does work.

  2. Oooh, that looks really neat.

    If you ever need to come up here for a visit, we have a park that your kids would love! It is a renaissance festival meets kids park. We have a GIANT castle and different areas throughout the park all about dragons, wizards, and things like that. 🙂

  3. That's a great idea. We have 13 kids in our small group. The oldest is 8. It gets WILD! We do have high school sitters but we've been trying to come up with activities for the kids. We'll have to think about setting up some play areas like this. Can't wait to read all that you learned.

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