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Having a familiar and welcoming space to play, learn and experiment can help your child feel confident and safe.
When setting up learning spaces, such as play areas or craft corners, invite your child to suggest ideas on how they would like to set up and use the area. Negotiate with your child where certain materials can go and what activities can take place.
Setting up learning spaces doesn’t mean you need a special room or equipment; blankets or newspaper on the floor can be used to designate a certain space (while also protecting the floor from paint, playdough or other messy play materials) and boxes can be used for organising materials.
Get creative with the space you have by creating a drawing or reading area under a table with sheets, hanging string for art to be displayed or using tables to set up puzzles or craft stations. Encourage your child to use their imagination when designing their space. You could make cars, rockets or trees from cardboard boxes or use smaller containers for a pretend oven, suitcase or computer.
By using different levels, such as a line to hang drying artwork or a coat rack for aprons, you can also teach your child how to tidy as they play. Find some tips on making packing up easy here.