Purpose To provide “sweet spots” in the room—areas that can serve as children’s
personal spaces, where they can enjoy a sense of privacy and peacefulness
that is hard to come by in a room filled with other children
Use these ideas to create sweet spots in your room:
• Ask the children to paint and decorate a large, empty appliance
box. Fill it with pillows. Make a skylight by cutting a hole in the top,
or provide a flashlight. Leave one side open so you can observe
what is going on inside.
• Provide an egg-shaped chair called the PS Lömsk swivel chair,
which Ikea sells. The child can pull down the polyester hood and
block out the world. Children love this chair. It provides a feeling of
privacy, safety, and fun.
• Use pop-up tents and tunnels.
• Use several great, inexpensive items, which Ikea also sells, to
create whimsy and privacy: a large, polyester green leaf called
Löva, which can be wall-mounted; a machine-washable white
net canopy called Bryne; and a circus-themed, light-blue canopy
• Provide children with yards of sheer fabric, clothespins, and rope,
and help them make their very own temporary sweet spots.
• Use carpet samples to make squares for sitting on. They’re very
inexpensive and sometimes free, and they can quickly create
personal spaces for use during group time.
• Use hula hoops to create a perimeter for private space. For
example, if a child needs time alone to play, you might place the
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