Autumn is just around the corner and we are eager to take a look at kindergarten’s classrooms to prepare for little ones comeback.
A day in a kindergarten consists of dozen different activities for children. Having different zones for each of them, could have numerous benefits for children‘s development.
First of all, having designated areas allows to avoid children‘s lack of concentration when many materials are spread around the place and causes overwhelming experience to choose what to do.
Scientific studies indicate that at the same time children need up to 10 toys to enjoy playing with them, therefore in a separate activity zone they can play with materials provided only in the center.
Zoning works as activity personalization because children can choose which of them suits their mood, how long they want to play whereas they do not feel pressured and can enjoy activities at their own pace.
Activity zones help children to grow in their social skills. Joining and getting along with peers is an essential part of any activity. Even when a child wants not to be disturbed in a quiet area, she needs to express that to her friends.
Without social skills improvement, children are learning a lot of things about themselves. They can take time and explore their interests since each zone is stocked with different kinds of materials so children can decide on what they like and dislike.
Depending on children’s age activity zones might vary but here is the list of the most popular ones:
- Arts and Crafts
This zone could include variety of materials and encourage to try different techniques. Paint, make play dough, mold clay, or make a scrapbook.
- Construction zone
Constructing games are really important part of early childhood education. Building zone can include different kind of wooden blocks, racetracks, Lego. Let creativity lead to create a kingdom.
- ABC zone
In this zone learn how to recognise letters, how to write them (try writing on the sand – easy to start over again!), combine letters into words and words into sentences.
- Math zone
Here children can learn about shapes, colors, numbers, and quantities. Sort jelly beans by color, play dice games, sort toys into smaller and bigger piles to learn about quantities.
- Science zone
Investigate the world! Give children magnifying glass and let explore rocks, shells, twigs. Talk about human’s impact on the nature, try to differentiate types of birds and animals.
- Role play zone
A center for a pretend play or simply home play. Make a house from edu2 Sensory Space Divider, put some table, chairs. Create shadow theatre, open your store or a restaurant.
- Relaxation zone
Have a cozy reading corner for a quiet or alone time. A soft carpet, pillows, and a book case will do a trick! Or maybe children will choose to lie down on the Tetricube?
- Outside zone
Outside area could also be divided into couple of sections – active zone, role play zone, and immersive nature play. Children love to play with messy materials on sand and water table!