When I first opened my childcare home I had used the dining room of my home as the main play space. In 2009 I rearranged the spaces so the living room became the new and improved play space. This renovation gave the children access to the North-facing front window of my home and a whole new world of things to observe. Watching neighbourhood events like cutting down the old tree became a favourite activity.
The play space by the window is our indoor ‘nature’ area – here you can read more about the evolution of our nature space. Due to the placement of the shelves containing our mini nature scenes some of the toddlers were not tall enough to see out the window so I had created a wooden stool which looked like a stone bridge over the imitation river;
Over the past few months the bridge has caused some issues. The toddlers who are tall enough to see out the window still like to stand on the bridge. Those who are too short to see out become upset – there has been a lot of pushing and jostling for the premium spot. The bridge can accommodate three cooperative toddlers but not all toddlers are cooperative and I have more than three.
As much as I like the design of the bridge I’ve been working on a plan to eliminate the need to use it to see out the window. Two weeks ago I completed another small renovation so the shelves are no longer blocking the lower portion of the window. The North wall now looks like this;