We have 4 wooden posts rising out of the middle of our playground.
Once holding shade cloth, they now earn their keep as supports for projects like our banging post, our rope bridge or pulleys.
But mostly they just stand there, naked totem poles, just begging to be painted:
We set the kids free with pots of poster paint:
And now we have our very own painted poles, a far more colourful addition to our playspace:
Even the last remnant of our banging post - a nailed on cake tin - got the once over with a coat of paint.
This lone cake tin on a pole reminds me of the organic nature of our outdoor playspace - ever changing, always evolving, well used and stamped by the children who play in it everyday.
The same will be true with the poles. The original coat of poster paint will eventually wash away. The colours change. and the artists change as new coats of paint are added. It is a great way to use up the dregs of paint left in pots at the end of the day!