Art Area

As many of you know I love to design creative spaces for children. It all started in the classroom where I was able to see firsthand how the environment can influence children’s behavior. Now on a more personal level I have seen the same phenomena with my own children at home. I love to witness how the girls use materials in new and creative ways when they are accessible and presented in an interesting manner.

Although we have a closet that houses many of our materials, it is nice to select a few to leave out in a tempting display—one that invites children to engage. I like to change up the items that are out based on the girl’s changing interests. I am sensing a jewelry station in the near future…What are your favorite art supplies these days? How do you organize them?


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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