New Preschool in Japan Collects Rainwater Puddles for Kids to Play in

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The Dai-Ichi Yochien preschool building is a new school located in the south of Japan in Kumamoto City.  This school has a very special twist that’s putting fun back into the quote, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain“. The preschool was built specifically around an open air courtyard that collects fresh rainwater into one huge and might we add, CLEAN, puddle that the students can stomp, play and run in!

Instead of keeping the children indoors when a storm happens, this amazing school is encouraging them to play. The courtyard is multifaceted, as well! When the sun is shining, the area can be used for sports and lunch time. During winter, it can be transformed into an ice rink! How amazing does that sound?

The school’s interesting and innovating design encourages students to mingle and speak to each other, mix classes, exercise, and get as much fresh air as possible, which in turn, fosters more creative thinking and easier management by the school’s teachers.

The preschool was designed by Japanese architecture company Youji No Shiro, which is also an interior and furniture design firm for kid establishments run by the Hibino Sekkei architecture firm.

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