Children play with an underwater scenario inspired by The Rainbow Fish.
In the Floor Play area, children play with quality blocks, toys, games, manipulatives, and puzzles, as well as Lightboxes, switch toys, and simple cause-and-effect toys designed for children with special needs. In the first week of each module, children usually create a “miniature scenario” in the Floor Play area made up of small figures and toys related to the storybook. Throughout the module, the children “grow” the miniature scenario and play individually or in groups with the blocks, games, puzzles, and toys.

Floor play, more so than table play, encourages social interaction among children. Children learn to work cooperatively and take turns when they play games and engage in dramatic play with the miniature scenario. Children achieve feelings of self-competence when stacking block towers or finishing puzzles. Children also develop fine motor control and cognitive skills as they hold and manipulate small objects and practice concepts like “in” and “out” when sticking pegs in a board or putting toys in a container.

Some children will prefer to play on the floor rather than at a table, and some children may need to be positioned on the floor (e.g., in a sidelying position) to enable them to interact with toys and materials. The Floor Play area should be off to the side or in a corner to prevent traffic jams and children from tripping over toys or each other.