Pedagogical traditions seem to be very interested in the effects that environmental factors have on (small) people. Over a century ago, some models like Montessori and Waldorf, which have influenced mainstream kindergarten practice as well, started promoting the idea that a great deal of attention should be put into the fabrics, the materials, the colors and the overall organization of spaces for children.
Fuji kindergarten exterior; photo by 準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia
Since I work in a kindergarten as a psychologist one day a week, I recently had the opportunity to learn more about the psychology of spaces for children. Our small kindergarten was about to get a budget-friendly makeover and we were all asked for opinions. I spent a lot of time looking for research-based guidelines for kindergarten design, as well as coordinating everyone’s personal preferences. Here I would like to share some of the findings, and some inspiring examples and other resources I found.