Bucking convential wisdom to keep students from playing in rain puddles, Dai-ichi Yochien school encourages kids to be kids

Dai-ichi Yochien, a preschool in Japan, developed an open area for rainy water to collect. In the space, rain collects to form a miniature pool that barely covers an adult's feet but that lets children jump and play dependent on the season. With no roof above, it fills with water any time the heavens shower down from overhead.

Teachers and parents alike have usually tried to keep children out of puddles because of the mess it makes. At Dai-ichi Yochien, the puddle play area is kept free of dirt and mud, so children can step in and out without becoming messy. They need only towel off to be ready for class.

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