Children thrive in environments which are not only safe and secure but also give them opportunities to learn, to grow and develop. Engaging and stimulating physical environments provide children with opportunities for play and to have fun. Children have some control over their environments and are encouraged to personalise their spaces.
Booklet: Make It Fun
This booklet provides information about what children say they need most, helping children gain ownership over space, creating child-friendly spaces, taking child-friendly environments with you, why play is so important, and games.
Booklet: Make It Fun (PDF, 2.2MB)
Poster: Make It Fun (PDF, 585KB)
Some of the tools from the Kids Central Toolkit are also available to download below, including:
- Tool 4A: Memory Boxes (PDF, 179KB)
Can be used to help children collect memorabilia.
- Tool 4B: Gratitude Journals (PDF, 163KB)
Can be used to help children recognise that some of the good things in life are outside of themselves, and to affirm positive things in the life of the child.
- Tool 4C: Friendly Maps (PDF, 176KB)
Can be used to gauge how child-friendly your space is, get feedback from children about which spaces feel safe and which don't, and get ideas on how to improve them.
- Tool 4D: What I Can Expect and 4E: When I'm Not Happy (PDF, 218KB)
Can be used to help children understand the way that you have agreed to work with them and their families, allay children's fears about your role, and provide children with a mechanism to air their concerns or complaints.
- Tool 4F: Funny Faces (PDF, 186KB)
Just for fun!