Creating playful learning spaces for children in the city

Since 2019, Daniela and students in her courses have been involved, through term projects, in re-imagining how urban, community spaces within Waterloo Region can provide greater playful learning opportunities on many levels for young children and families. in these courses, students are applying what they are learning about children's early communicative development and socio-economic gradients affecting development,  with their own further research into related worldwide initiatives to redevelop urban spaces into areas of greater playful learning for children and families. The students working in teams, in collaboration with Daniela, then come up with their own ideas to enhance these community spaces based on their research in all these areas. The particular community spaces change each term, based on Daniela's meetings with prior interested community members. At the end of the term, the student teams present their proposed spaces to the community members, which to date have included the Waterloo Park Advisory Committee, City of Waterloo Parks Staff, and City of Kitchener Parks Staff. These powerpoint presentations are (will be) featured here! And if any community members are interested in having students work on proposals like this for them, please just get in touch with Daniela.

Re-imagining 3 Kitchener Parks for Greater Playful Learning - Oaten, Kinzie and Idlewood (April 12, 2022 Presentations to City of Kitchener Parks Staff by undergraduate class PSY453W)

Kitchener Park Presentation #1 (Dirks, Guo, Stockholm & Krsmanovic)

Kitchener Park Presentation #2 (Becerra, Chaudry, Cooper & DeVos)

Kitchener Park Presentation #3 (Lammers, El-Dik, Gibson, & Sabo)

Kitchener Park Presentation #4 (Carvajal, D'Amore, Gray & Li)

Kitchener Park Presentation #5 (Gradwell, Dunning, Tian & Hu)


Creating Greater Community Engagement with Waterloo Park in Wintertime and Throughout the Year (April 6, 2022) Presentation to the Waterloo Park Advisory Committee by graduate seminar class PSY680W)

Waterloo Park Presentation (Forbes & Barlow)

Waterloo Park Presentation (Huang, Rubie & Zhou)

Waterloo Park Presentation (Taylor & Ng)

Re-imagining 3 Areas of Waterloo Park for Greater Playful Learning - Eby Farm Playground, the Forest, and the Victorian Gardens (Dec. 10, 2021 Presentations to City of Waterloo Parks Staff by undergraduate class PSY470F)

Waterloo Park Presentation 2021 #1 (Holoboff, Melanson, Shriastava & Chilton)

Waterloo Park Presentation 2021 #2 (Colaco, Cretu & Nairn)

Waterloo Park Presentation 2021 #3 (Hassan, Omar, Kim & D'Haene)

Waterloo Park Presentation 2021 #4 (Font, Baker, Li & Tetreault)

Waterloo Park Presentation 2021 #5 (Xu, Yoo & Wang)

Re-imagining the Eby Farmstead for Greater Playful Learning(July 10, 2019 Presentation to the Waterloo Park Advisory Committee by graduate class PSY680S)

Waterloo Park: Reimagining the Farmstead Presentation 2019 O'Neill, Avarino, Crichton, Shiu & Sutherland)