Describes ways children may co-opt elements of their environment for learning and play, rather than the uses for which they were intended. Design considerations that encourage appropriate and discourage inappropriate uses and behaviors are discussed, citing children's particular psychological and motor needs, as well as attention spans, safety, environmental hazards, durability, and maintenance. Environments for children need to be designed with careful consideration of four basic environmental needs children have: movement, comfort, competence, and control.
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