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How to Create a Playroom that Is the Third Teacher

At Bella Luna Toys, we believe that every child's environment plays a crucial role in their growth, development, and learning journey. By creating play spaces that spark children's imaginations allowing them to engage and learn as they play, the space itself becomes a teacher. This concept is deeply rooted in the Reggio Emilia approach—and known as the idea of the "third teacher." In this blog post, we'll explore how play spaces can act as a powerful educator, influencing children's exploration, discovery, and creativity.

Understanding the Third Teacher

In Reggio Emilia-inspired education, the concept of the "third teacher" refers to the environment as a co-teacher alongside adults and peers. In this framework, the first teacher is the educator, the second teacher is the child, and the third teacher is the physical environment itself. This view recognizes that the space in which children play and learn plays a crucial role in shaping their experiences and interactions.

The Power of Environment

Imagine a play space where every corner holds the promise of discovery and adventure. From cozy reading nooks to open-ended play areas, the environment serves as a canvas for children to explore, experiment, and engage with the world around them. By carefully designing the space with intention and purpose, we can create opportunities that keep children learning as they play and interact with their space. 

Elements of an Enriching Play Space

Natural Materials: Embrace the beauty of nature with toys and furniture crafted from sustainable materials like wood, cotton, and wool. These natural elements not only provide a sensory-rich experience but also promote a connection to the environment.

Open-ended Toys: Choose toys that encourage open-ended play and creativity, such as blocks, loose parts, and art supplies. These versatile materials empower children to follow their interests, experiment with ideas, and solve problems in their own unique way.

Flexible Layouts: Create a dynamic play environment that can adapt to children's changing interests and needs. Consider incorporating movable furniture, modular play structures, and versatile storage solutions to maximize space and flexibility.

Inviting Aesthetics: By adding soothing textures, soft colors, and natural lighting, children will feel calm and open to learning and play. Beyond just creating a beautiful space, the goal is to set the stage for a room that fosters wonder, safety, structure, children’s voices, and joy.

Cultivating a Culture of Curiosity

By embracing the concept of the play space as the third teacher, we can cultivate a culture of curiosity, creativity, and collaboration in children's lives. Every element of the environment—from the layout and materials to the atmosphere and ambiance—becomes an invitation to learn and grow.

At Bella Luna Toys, we're passionate about creating play spaces that inspire wonder and ignite the imagination. We've curated a list of our top ten favorite toys and pieces of furniture to transform your children's play areas into spots filled with  learning and play. 

10 Toys and Pieces of Furniture that Teach in the Playroom:

Each of the following toys and furniture pieces promote skills that help children develop their whole selves, from role playing and developing life skills to literacy, this collection has the fundamentals for a playroom that will foster growth and playful exploration for years to come.

Toys for Life Skills and Roleplaying:

Classic Wooden Play Kitchen

Thimbleberry Cottage- Classic Wooden Dollhouse

Wooden Puppet Theater and Market Stand

Toys that Develop Gross Motor Skills, Movement, and Spatial Recognition:

Wooden Waldorf Rocker Board

Rainbow Climbing Triangle

A Collection of Wooden Building Blocks

Furniture for Learning Centers:

Deluxe Wooden Easel for an Art Area

Natural Waldorf Play Stand

Book Nook Wooden Book Shelf 

Forest Wooden Table for a Nature Table


From all of us at the Bella Luna Toys Team, we hope you have many days filled with crafts, love, and fresh cups of tea! Tag us in your April adventures @bellalunatoys for a chance to be featured!

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