3 years & up. The authentically inspired centerpiece of the dramatic play area, the Kitchen Island is child friendly and easily accessible from all sides. Featuring an overhang on the back portion of the solid birch countertop, children are encouraged to pull up a stool and eat together, building meaningful connections in the process. The island's front has 3 white-laminated plywood drawers for classroom and dramatic play storage, and the middle drawer features acrylic dividers for organizing utensils. There is additional storage on the bottom and an optional towel rack on the side. Featuring painted solid birch legs, solid birch drawer pulls, and a reinforced birch plywood bottom shelf, this sturdy kitchen island is built for all types of play. Measures 24"H x 41"W x 22"D. Ships Fully Assembled (Towel Rack Requires Installation, Instructions Included). Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Sense of Place, created by author, speaker, and early childhood educator Dr. Sandra Duncan, builds upon the belief in the importance of young children's environments. Woven throughout this collection are four essential beliefs that serve as a foundation for this spirited collection:
With over 45 years of experience and a doctorate in education, Dr. Sandra Duncan has a wide and varied background in early care and education. She has extensive experience in working with young children and parents, teaching at the university level (doctorate students and early childhood students), designing and writing professional development programs for practitioners, and authoring several teacher resource books including her latest effort with Jody Martin and Sally Haughey, Through a Child’s Eyes.
Now, Dr. Duncan is bringing her years of theory and best practices to the early childhood classroom in the form of the Sense of Place furniture collection - an exclusive to the Kaplan portolfio of furniture offerings. With its modern aesthetics, many authentic and true-to-real-life details, and considerations for what the youngest of children need to thrive best in their first learning environments, the Sense of Place collection provides ECE educators a beautiful backdrop to creating the most meaningful and lasting of learning experiences in early education classrooms for years to come.
“The classroom is powerful. Its space has the capacity to regulate children’s behaviors either positively or negatively... The types of materials in the classroom, including the furniture, and the way they are arranged influence how children act, react, learn and grow.”
—Sandra Duncan, EdD, Jody Martin and Sally Haughey, Through a Child’s Eyes