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This gallery displaying children’s artwork is located in a highly visible place where everyone can enjoy it. When chil- dren’s projects are dis- played with respect, the message is sent that their efforts are appreciated and valued, and it is easy to put up and tear down as needed. Photo 1.6 materials not in use or supplies that need to be accessed quickly, such as extra crayons or paper. Folding chairs and tables can be stored easily alongside or on top of a cabinet. To protect the floor in a gym, place a drop cloth or quilt under the furniture. If bringing in furniture is not possible, use floor coverings to designate different activity areas. Small rugs or gym mats can define an area for con- struction and dramatic play, or along with a few pillows can create a cozy place for children to relax and read. A colorful quilt can provide an area for art or for picnic-style snacks. Floor coverings help minimize noise, and they roll or fold up for easy storage. Are your activities restricted? Look to other spaces to fill the gap. For example, if you are in the library, you may not be able to eat snack, be physically active, or use any books or computers. See Children need both per- mission and places to slow down for a while after a busy day in school. This child has found a musical instru- ment and comfy place to unwind. if you can use the cafeteria, hallways, and other areas in the building or outside for the children to eat snack and participate in large-motor activities. Are you unable to move the furni- ture in your space? If you are in a Photo 1.7 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL The Many Faces of School-Age Care • 5