Playful Learning Spaces: 11 Inspiring Writing Centers

May 4, 2012

Inspiring Writing CentersPhoto by Montessori ici

The Playful Learning Spaces eCourse has really taken on a life of its own. I have had the pleasure of working with many extraordinary mothers, teachers, and caregivers from all over the world, creating spaces for the children in our lives. Each session has become its own online haven of support, encouragement, and inspiration for the participants involved.

It is for this reason that I decided to bring all of the participants (past, present, & future) into one password protected, community-centered, Playful Learning Spaces website. This means, when you register for the Playful Learning Spaces eCourse, you become part of an ever-expanding community of creative people who are working towards a common goal. The content for this course is available to you indefinitely, so you can work through the material at your own pace and return to it again and again as the need rises. You will also have the opportunity to meet, interact, support, and learn from all of the other amazing participants.

To that end, I thought it would be nice to share some of the incredible writing spaces that have been created by participants of the Playful Learning Spaces eCourse. I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with such creative and dedicated people.

Mail CenterPhoto by Sew Liberated

Mail CenterPhoto by Weelife

Writing Center 1Photo by Lessons Learnt Journal

Writing SuppliesPhoto by Love Them Madly

Writing CenterPhoto by Couer Deux

Pegboard Writing CenterPhoto by Home is Where My Story Begins

Mail StationPhoto by Pink and Green Mama

Writing DeskPhoto by Growing Up

Writing BoxPhoto by A Bit of This a Bit of That

Writing CenterPhoto by The Adventures of Bear

A warm thank you goes out to everyone who generously allowed me to post their photos here!

Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.


  1. Cerys @ Rainy Day Num said on May 4, 2012 #

    These are really inspiring – I always thought a writing space would be needed once my children were old enough to be writing properly but I see now that with pre-writing skills, drawing and creating they need a space to call their own for this purpose. Now just got to find somewhere to create it in our own home.

    • mariah said on May 4, 2012 #

      Yes! It is so fun to set up inviting spaces to encourage those early writing skills. It can really set the stage for a love of writing…

  2. Kelly said on May 4, 2012 #

    This is very inspiring – just what I needed. Thanks for sharing.

    • mariah said on May 4, 2012 #

      You are so welcome! I feel honored to be able to share the work of such amazing women…

  3. Christina said on May 4, 2012 #

    These are all great! I just set up a table in our dining room and without realizing it it has the makings of being a writing space for my little ones. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. mariah said on May 4, 2012 #

    Dining room tables make for great writing areas. All you need are some interesting supplies and you can watch the writing/creating take off!

  5. angie said on May 14, 2012 #

    such an inspiring post, I’ve got to get something going for my littles, such a great idea.

    • mariah said on May 14, 2012 #

      Hi Angie – It is so fun to see how children react to these spaces as well as all of the special pieces of writing that start to surface.

  6. Lesley Webb said on May 15, 2012 #

    I’m so pleased to have stopped in and looked around your wonderful site… I first heard about Playful Learning over at Sew Liberated, and after seeing the writing centres recently, I promptly requested your book from my local library here in New Zealand.  So inspiring, and perfect timing – we are moving to a new home in a few weeks and I can’t wait to plan some purposeful spaces for my two small people.  Thank you!

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  8. amy said on October 1, 2012 #

    Thanks for the inspiration! 

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    if one is provided with such nice writing and drawing spaces, creativity will come on its own and words will start flowing like liquid imaginations..

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      I love it! What an inspiring space… Thank you so much for sharing :-)

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