Friday, June 6, 2014

Our Nature Playground

When I first decided to create a new outdoor play space for the children I had a million ideas and visions of what it would look like. I knew it would take time. Other teachers told me to wait and see how they use it before I did too much. I spent hours on pinterest window shopping and daydreaming of all the features I wanted. I still look at my pinterest board and add to it regularly. 

There are so many wonderful things happening around the world with the natural playground movement.

About three years have gone by and not much has been added. We brought in some stumps and logs, wood chips, pallets, spools and a fantastic rope that had washed up on a beach. All these free of charge thanks to friends and family. 


"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring -- these are some of the rewards of the simple life. -John Burroughs




Flora and Fauna.

"Wait and see" was the best advice ever. 

They have spaces. Lots of spaces. 

That's all they need.

Spaces to run.

Spaces to climb.

Spaces to collect.

Spaces to gather.

Spaces to be alone.

"We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist."  Richard Louv

Please check out how other children around the world are getting outside to play at the Outdoor Play Party link up.