Creating an Inspiring Play Space with Recycled Mats

When I think about the environment for play in my Family Day Care service I carefully consider every aspect of it to ensure that I create a beautiful, welcoming and inspiring place for children to play. I believe that it is not only important to have a variety of toys and experiences for children, but it is also equally important to be surrounded by beautiful d├ęcor. Having an environment that looks pretty encourages children to look after and take care of it. Having a space that is clean encourages children to pick up after themselves, and having a space that is bright, colourful and introduces them to new ideas creates wonder and delight and encourages imagination.


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My most recent addition to our play spaces was a mat and a rug from Recycled Mats. It was so much fun to look through their collection on their website to find which ones would suit our Family Day Care best. It was a hard decision as there are so many beautiful options but I ended up choosing the Campfire Mat and the Chindi Runner.

I choose the Aboriginal Campfire mat for our outdoor space (ours is the black/brown/white version). It is 3m in diameter which is a perfect size for a group of children to use and it’s reversible! We have used it is so many ways already and we look forward to finding new ways to explore it in the future. I am especially looking forward to the day that the children ask about the symbols so we can explore the meanings and cultural significance for Aboriginal people.  This especially relates to the Early Years Learning Framework Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators – Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work. And also Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world – Children respond to diversity with respect.

Aboriginal Campfire mat

My favourite part about it though is that it is made using recycled plastic, it saves around 720 plastic bags and miscellaneous PET products from going to landfill! A great way to start the conversation for Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world – Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.

These are the ways we have used it so far:

Aboriginal Campfire mat

Perfect for picnics at home or at the park!

Aboriginal Campfire mat

A great area for taking inside toys outside with plenty of room to play!

Aboriginal Campfire mat

It makes a fantastic base for cubby houses, especially on wet grass as the wetness does not come through.

It will also be a fabulous spot for an outdoor reading area or even to do paintings over as it can be washed clean with a hose!

Chindi Runner rug

The Chindi Runner rug instantly added colour and brightness to our indoor play space. It draws kids to it for playing and laying on and is so much softer than I ever imagined it would be. These rugs are made from recycled clothing and material in India and the purchase not only keeps the material from going into landfill but it also directly benefits the people who make them. If you are interested you can read more about who makes these gorgeous rugs and where they are made, it's always so nice to see where your products are coming from!

These are the ways we have used it so far:

Chindi Runner rug

As a base for our homemade dolls house giving it such a pretty carpet!

Chindi Runner rug

A cosy spot to read some books!

Chindi Runner rug

 A colourful invitation to play! Plus a great way to make pretty Instagram photos!!

You will be seeing these mats pop up time and time again on my Instagram feed as they will be getting so much use and love during both our Family Day Care days and our family time too. I am looking forward to showing you all the new ways we will be using them and how they will be further incorporated into my programming and links with the Early Years Learning Framework.

Now tell me, what mats would you love to have and how would you use them?

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1 comments:

  1. I love this! Those rugs are magnificent. I want one of each too.

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