Play Lab

Celebrating childhood + play through experiences and materials

 

Loose Parts play at the Downtown Sounds concert series, July 2016

Loose Parts play at the Downtown Sounds concert series, July 2016

Play Lab is a project that began in 2013, born from a desire to bring progressive, open-ended early childhood practices into community spaces.  Play Lab creates curated material installations that are highly interactive, encouraging children and families to engage in open-ended, process based play. Over the years, installations have included Cardboard Playground, Clay Bar, Thinking with Objects, and Sticky Weavings with tape + textiles.  This project has been generously supported by the Bellingham, Washington community with invitations to collaborate with schools, organizations, and city government.

Most recently, Play Lab is the recipient of a 4.0 Schools Tiny Fellowship, which is providing the support to implement a pilot project that looks at how adults can support children's self-directed, play-centered learning.

 

Selected Images from Play Lab community installations, 2013-2017