DARK CORNERS AND NOOKS

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A child uses a dark corner to search for creatures under tree rounds.

Materials

None! Just dark corners along fence lines and between plants, filled with bushes, trees, or furniture.

Methods

  • The purpose of dark corners is to allow children to be secretive, peaceful, and for use as a blind from which to observe others.
  • Allow children to be by themselves if they choose.
  • These spaces allow for open-ended, creative experiences.

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Children read together on a bench under a garden arch.

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Child-created pathways lead to a small clearing. On this day, a group of boys was pretending to fish from the waterfall, and brought their invisible fish and fishing lines created with sticks and ropes back to here, their home, to cook. The back-and-forth play took place for well over an hour.

by Heather Taylor, teachoutside@gmail.com