Creating Playful Learning Spaces

playful learning spaces

Creating Playful Learning Spaces in our Home

One of my aims as a parent and particularly as a Stay at Home Mum is to create playful learning spaces that benefit my children and integrate into our home encouraging a life long love of learning. As a child we had a conservatory at the back of the house which was our area, in it we played, crafted, did experiments and had fun as well as in our bedrooms but during the day the time was spent in that area with easy access to the garden for outdoor play.

My Mum as a primary school teacher had got it set up so that everything was there and we didn’t realise that there was specific areas for doing things – but looking back we had a desk with pencil holders and paper notebooks and drawing and writing equipment – our writing area and then an art area with an easel and paints, lego, playmobil were stored somewhere else and we had our science kits including magnets, electricity and chemistry sets that could come out and be used in another area.

Our home at present doesn’t have an area like that so we’re really trying to fit everything in and over the last 6 months I have been dipping into and out of the Playful Learning Spaces e-course and what we have is working at the moment – this year we have plans for our dinning room and I will be taking this further and the redesign is based on the information that I have learnt from the ecourse.

Being organised and having a space to play and learn is essential for children, by following this course by Mariah Bruehl the author of Playful Learning and one of my favourite parent/play books Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder no matter how big or small your home is you can create spaces that help achieve making 2013 a playful year.

Over the next year you will see some of the areas that we have created in the posts and I would love to give you the opportunity to join in as well. I have a great special offer of 20% off of the course until the end of the month for Rainy Day Mum readers using the code RAINYDAY normally $97.00 with the 20% off you get the course for $77.60.

With 6 different areas you can access the course over time and develop these areas – including discussion groups, extra information and Mariah herself within the forums to answer questions it’s really great to get your home organized and on track to make it the play filled year that you want.

What is more. We’re also offering 1 lucky reader the course for free – yes I did say Free – we have 1 place on the course available to a reader of Rainy Day Mum – all you need to do is use the Rafflecopter entry system below – first entry by leaving a comment on this post about which area you most want help turning into a playful learning space and then you can have further entries by following the instructions on the entry system.

Playful Learning Space Ecourse Giveaway T&C’s

  • Open World Wide
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  • Non transferable

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So to enter to win a place on the Playful Learning Spaces Ecourse what is the area you most want help turning into a playful learning space?

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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and now mum. She's passionate about supporting learning at school at home, bringing books alive, giving kids life skills and exploring the world around us sharing Creative, Family Friendly, Fun Ideas for the whole family on Rainy Day Mum


  1. says

    We will hopefully be moving house soon and our new home will have a large conservatory that I hope to use as a playroom, it’ll be a blank canvas and I’m really keen to be able to cater for all our boys needs from our youngest who still puts everything in his mouth (15mths) to our oldest (4 1/2) who’s at school so needs space for learning s activities that aren’t destroyed by his brothers! Seriously need help on working out where to start!
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  2. says

    I am not a mom so my home is not a place to play and learn yet but I am a speech pathologist and would love to make a special nook in my office that is organized for play.

  3. stephanie tsang says

    I’d like to turn my living room into a more child friendly play area. Either that or my back garden.

  4. says

    I’m a single mum in a tiny flat with my 2 year old. I really need some help to work out how to best use the tiny space of living room/bedroom on a tight budget. I would also love to be in touch as it seems we have similar interests. I’m a writer and a ‘little’ obsessed by the sea. Thank you!
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  5. Dee-Dee says

    I would love to get our play space in our dinning area and my daughters room a bit more organised but I really actually need big help with an outdoor space. We live in an apartment and have a small thin paved outdoor area which I would love to make inviting and play friendly but it is too small for swings or slides, or even to play with a bike or something. I need to get really creative with it but don’t know where to start and I don’t want my daughter to miss out on outdoor play when we can’t make it out to the park.
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  6. EMMA WALTERS says

    we move in a couple of weeks & would really like to make the kitchen diner area somewhere we can get creative & a little messy sometimes :)

  7. Lorraine says

    We have a garden room adjacent to our kitchen where our little girl spends a lot of time. We would love to make this a more special place for her and find ways to have everything she needs to be creative