Inspiring Playspace: Screened-In Porch Turned Preschool Room

Inspiring Playspace: Screened-In Porch Turned Preschool Room

Sarah Dobbins
Feb 18, 2013

I can already imagine spring on its way… and with warmer weather comes the opportunity to get outdoors with the kids! Here is a clever idea for using an outdoor screened-in porch as a preschool learning room — what a great way to get some fresh air and spend time with your little ones as they stay busy!

Deborah from Teach Preschool transformed this porch into a haven for preschool learning. Here's what she had to say about the project:

I turned an outdoor screened in porch into an outdoor preschool classroom environment. Wanting to stay within the scheme of the house as well as the natural environment, I went with soft colors around the room but added a splash of color to give the room a preschool feel. The classroom is in a wooded setting with large screened in windows so the children can see outdoors at all times.

I pulled more colors out with my selection of floor coverings and furniture. I filled the classroom space with homemade water tables, tinkertable, and window easel.

This space is intended to invite young children to explore their environment through hands-on play yet shield them from all the bugs (like bees) that can make the learning experience not so comfortable.

The best part about the outdoor classroom play is that when the water runs over the edge or the sand scoops out on the floor, it falls to the ground below the porch.

What we don't do is bring food items into the outdoor classroom - no need to invite unwanted critters to join us inside the classroom - we will go and visit them when we head outdoors.

Thanks, Deborah! Find more inspiring ideas for preschoolers on her blog, Teach Preschool.

(Images: Teach Preschool)

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