Bender

The Bender Early Childhood Center Preschool

The Bender Early Childhood Center Preschool, located at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville has a newly designed and established nature play area. The space is organized around a circular path connecting a variety of elements to support children and adults spending time in the out-of-doors.

There are large and small gathering spaces, places for outdoor building and creating, and spots for imaginary play, as well as a variety of adventurous active play opportunities. A sculptural fallen tree provides a place for natural climbing. A hand pump is the source of a cascading dry stream/waterfall. The space serves the pre-school students and families a critical opportunity for daily interaction with nature.

​ ​Fort building is a regular activity

Fort building is a regular activity

Textured spaces provide interest

Textured spaces provide interest

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Loose parts for play

Mud Kitchen

Mud Kitchen

Loose Parts
Loose Parts
Climbing Tree
Climbing Tree
Another way of reaching the slide
Another way of reaching the Slide
Sandbox with carved tables
Sandbox with carved tables
Sand Play
Sand Play
Climbing & seating from logs
Climbing & seating from Logs
Hill slide and stump climb
Hill slide and stump climb
Pathway with varying materials
Pathway with varying materials
Ready for fort building
Ready for fort building