If you'd told me that one day I would dream of having a dry creek bed I would have said you had rocks in your head.
But dream I do: visions of a dry creek bed meandering down the slope at preschool just waiting for the kids to explore, imagine and create.
I'd like to share the dream and open up my inspiration file of dry creek bed pictures because it seems I'm not the only one with dry creek beds on my mind.
Squiggle Mum wants one in her backyard:
dry creek bed – yes, I’m serious. I’d love a rocky narrow “creek” running down the hill. It will only run in pouring rain, but that’s fine with me!And Sherry and Donna from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning are ready to create one at preschool:
Okay it won't flow with water like your creek (unless the rains come of course) but a dry creek bed will still be awesome! We're so excited that we spent several hours yesterday sourcing suitable plants, rocks and pebbles for the project.Who can blame them? If you watched kids play outdoors for a while to see what interested them or sustained their play chances are the answer would be:
- sticks, leaves, seeds
- plants / gardening
So ladies, and anyone else who would like to share the dream, here is some inspiration for you:
This one has a water source from a water tank:
So there is the opportunity for water play, even if it hasn't been raining:
Natural slopes work really well with dry creek beds:
Can't you just picture what the kids could do with dump trucks; shovels; containers; dinosaurs; insects....
I also dream of a water pump:
They are relatively inexpensive, seemingly easy to install (have a look here and here) and with endless opportunities to let the children play!
(images from Tessa Rose Landscape Design)