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Asked February 20, 2017, 1:34 PM EST

How many kids can be in the manipulatives and art and dramatic setion in daycare

Pamlico County North Carolina

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There is no one easy answer to this question. For each of the areas mentioned, I would recommend that you take into account the following questions:

  • How old are the children? Older children are better equipped to play in groups than younger children, and so more children could be in the same area.
  • How much space is in the area? If too many children are in a tight space, aggression is much more common.
  • How many materials are in the area? When more materials are available, more children may be able to play successfully. Especially for toddlers, having multiples of the same art materials, blocks, costumes, and other materials may enable more children to play together.
I hope this helps. For more information about organizing learning centers, check out the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care series of articles about Learning Centers.