Thursday, February 4, 2010
25 ways to improve your outdoor space
I'm a sucker for a good natural playscape and I'm always hungry for ideas on how to improve our own ever-evolving and dynamic outdoor space.
So Jim Greenman's article "25 Ways to Improve your Outdoor Space." is right up my alley, and I think you will enjoy it to.
Here are a few of my favorite tips - I've also added a few and Australian-ized them a bit:
1. Think of your space as an outdoor classroom.
2. Loose parts: add buckets, spades, balls, ropes, bags, fabric, boxes, crates, hoops, tyres, tubs, dress ups, wheels, backpacks, sacks
3. Increase your use of water: add hoses, sprinklers, water bottles, water tables, ice, gutters.
4. Improve your outdoor art: add big paint brushes, paint rollers, easels, big chalk.
5. Increase the use of natural materials: add a mud or dirt pit; big stones; logs, driftwood.
6. Create a construction zone: add crates, cartons, rope, saw horses, tape, planks, pulleys.
7. Sites for drama: add a lean-to; a cubby; a grotto, a platform.
8. Water transport: watering cans; buckets, hollow bamboo, plastic piping, recycled milk containers.
9. Logs: lay one or more large logs on the ground for sitting, balancing, hiding behind. Laying several together, end to end in a zig zag pattern makes a nice obstacle course. Partially bury, or stake in the logs to avoid them rolling.
10. Stream: make a dry stream out of a twisting rounded gravel bed. Plants along the edges add interest.
Can you add some more?