Thursday, June 10, 2010

playing in bushy cubby houses

We took some of the youngest members of our preschool family down to the primary playground, and to their delight look what they discovered:

A bushy cubby hidden beneath a tree.

They ignored the playground equipment in favour of exploring this secret space.
It even had an outdoor area, complete with seating:

They crawled around inside:

And made the space their own:

When the exploring was over, the imagining began.  These might look like cute little preschoolers to you, but don't be fooled.  They are actually very scary monsters in a cage:

The leaves and bark lying on the ground became food for hungry monsters.  On the way back to preschool we discovered the makings of another cubby:

We can't wait to see it when it is finished.


  1. This is wonderful Jenny. We really MUST get our hands on some bush cubby building materials! Maybe it's time to hitch the trailer and head back up to Jamieson (any excuse to head bush!) hee hee! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Donna :) :)

  2. That looks like so much fun!! My kids would love that!

  3. I think I would have loved to be in your preschool, Jenny. I was a cubby kind of kid and they seem to spring up everywhere you go. In fact, I feel that somehow you've influenced the kids at my school to start building cubbies all the way up here in Seattle! I'm serious. We hadn't had much of this kind of play until I started reading your blog! How do you do that?

    What an amazing find, and how typical that they ignore the playground equipment in favor of something wild and natural. I'm beginning to think that manufactured equipment is the play choice of last resort for most kids . . . unless they manufacture it themselves!