Learning Environments

Affordable Settings and Elements: Ideas for Cost Effective Solutions

Child carrying a tree branch.From tree logs to gardens, programs may use easy-to-find materials to naturalize and enhance children's outdoor play spaces. The following article offers Head Start directors and teachers cost-effective solutions for enriching children's play environments.

Bringing significant change to a play environment does not require endless resources. With a few easy-to-find materials and willing volunteers, many settings and elements can be created to greatly improve children's spaces. A fallen tree, cut into log segments, can become seats or an edge for a sand play area. Bamboo poles and some green bean seeds can form an almost instant teepee. 

Use this document that provides examples of how creative problem solving and resourcefulness can provide cost effective ways to enrich early childhood outdoor spaces.