|built spaces for kids||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Leni Reed (ssavvyerols.com)|
|Date: Mon, 29 Sep 1997 10:19:16 -0500|
Since I don't yet live in a cohousing community, my thoughts are simply my ideas based on being a mom... I do not think it's a good idea to build a separate playroom, because parents who are eating in the dining area cannot see their kids and their kids cannot see them. And for little kids, say up to 3 or 3 1/2 years of age, I think that's a critical issue. Instead, I think it would be good to dedicate a corner of the dining area as the kids' space. This section could be outfitted with colorful mats and big fabric coated foam blocks (to define the space) and lots of safe toys for the youngest ones. For the children ages 3 and up, I'd want to have a separate arts and crafts/projects room where they could help themselves to supplies (within reason) and do creative stuff on their own whenever they would want to -- like paint a picture, assemble a model airplane, build a big Lego project... This area would be intended to handle all kinds of spills etc. (Recently we created such an area in the basement of our single family house in suburbia. It's worked out great!) Finally, I think the ideal spaces for kids are outdoor spaces and semi-outdoor spaces (porches)...and giving thought to these spaces is important, too. My two cents, Leni Nazare ssavvy [at] erols.com EcoVillage of Loudoun County, VA (Where we just had a celebration on our land, a kind of open house without any houses, and 70 people showed up ...and a couple new folks signed on!)
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