Clever Preschool In Japan Collects Rainwater Into Puddles So Kids Can Play In

This inventive new preschool in Kumamoto City, Japan is where kids can be kids.  Instead of video games, toys, iPads, these toddler students gets to enjoy rain puddles to their heart’s content.

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The new Dai-ichi Yochien school, conceived by Japanese architecture firm Hibino Sekkei, features a courtyard that accumulates rain water during a storm to create a pool of sorts where kids can play afterwards. According to Spoon + Tomago, the space can transform into a badminton or softball court on dry days and an ice skating ring during the winter.

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The rest of the facility is pretty cool, too, adopting the very en vogue concept of “open plan” interiors where classes are loosely partitioned by furniture— this look is faithfully and adorably adapted in the restroom as well.

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