Outdoor Playground Ideas: gardening, wildlife, sandpit, and water activities

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And a few more outdoor playground ideas… Again, with big big thanks to Fiona Jarvis, of Playgroup ACT, for her inspiration and ideas.     Gardening- *provide tools such as shovels, rakes, watering cans and hand diggers. You can buy these pretty cheaply from most large hardware shops (for $5- $10 a piece) and they make GREAT Christmas presents!  Stuck…

Loose parts play ideas

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Loose parts play ideas Autumn Leaves and Seedpods as Outdoor Imaginative Play Boosters!   I popped in to my son’s old preschool the other day and I saw this little cane cupboard propped right on the edge of the verandah.  Yes! Baskets of autumn play props. I love it. I can just imagine the play that might grow from something…

How To Make A Corn Husk Doll And An Avocado Skin Cradle

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Project #18: How To Make A Corn Husk Doll and an Avocado Skin Cradle by Collette Leenman Time: 60 minutes Difficulty: Careful fingers required   My friend Collette is an artist who inspires me regularly. We’ve never met in person, but we share a love for all things nature and crafty, and I simply LOVE her books. They are everything a…

Water Play at the Eco Village, Currumbin Valley, Queensland

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Don’t you just love this? A water pump in the sandpit! Children have to really really work at it to get it going… Seeing the first rush of water requires will and fortitude and determination to keep pumping even when they think nothing is happening…. (Kind of reminds me of life sometimes.  Sometimes, we just have to slog along, trusting…

Pop Up Playgrounds- a new concept for play

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Have you heard of the concept of a Pop-Up store? How about a Pop-Up Playground?? What an idea. I love it when communities begin thinking outside the box to come up with helpful and life changing/affirming strategies for their local citizens. This article, Presto! Instant Playground is worth a read.

Playing with sticks, a child’s exploration of the world of nature

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I just love this post about the power of sticks written by one of my best girlfriends, Jen on her blog, Lavendilly That documentary ‘Babies’ has just been released on DVD and I think this article also proves what has been shown by the African babies.  That sometimes, less is truly more.  Not more and more toys, but instead ACCESS to…

Outside playgrounds and Outdoor classrooms. What do young children really need?

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(Moondew children in outdoor play action!)   I really liked this post (below) by Teacher Tom. River Keeps on Rolling on Teacher Tom’s blog is about the industrious activity of the children in his outdoor classroom. It is worth a read, especially to check out the pictures of the children in action.   Play for children really is their work, don’t…

Periwinkle Preschool: Recycled Handmade Wooden Children’s Playground!

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Paved play area Sandpit Fort and slide Tree swing Vegie patch and soon-to-be mudpatch! Yes!!! Mudpatch for digging!!! Lucky children. Balance Beam Swings and Flying Fox Water pump for children to pump their own water for play from the well-hidden water tank designated just for this purpose. Climbing net Climbing dome And a trampoline. Doesn’t it just look like juicy,…

A sneaky peek into Periwinkle preschool, Byron Bay

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Doesn’t it just entice you in? A beautiful stained glass window facing the front street is the only hint that behind the doors of this suburban house lies a magical wonder for children. Welcome.   This is the door for the teachers, but the children and families take a traipse down the walkway into the back garden adventure playground and…

How to make your own excavator toy for the sandpit

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You simply go to mum’s kitchen drawer and pull out that thing you’ve seen her use once or twice to grate cheese. And then you tell Mum not to come into the sandpit, because you really haven’t got anything from the kitchen at all. So cute, I couldn’t stop laughing! Have your children done this? Creativity at best. What did…

Modifying tasks and activities to suit children’s abilities

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Last weekend, my busy bee husband decided to trim the new growth and old branches from near the back of our fire-prone zone house.  This is a job that has to be done quite regularly as the bush forest out back needs trimming to prevent random sparks alighting our house in the event of a fire. Ned saw Daddy and…

Summer at Fingerprints Childcare Centre

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I love visiting my friends at Fingerprints. They really are a special bunch, and I love being able to share some new pictures of their space with you. Don’t you just love their ‘fairy ring’? When Amanda was busy painting the toadstools, the children were busy trying to count the spots as she painted!  So, she made sure to paint…