The beauty of natural playscapes is that there is no blueprint - no set formula to follow - they can evolve slowly to meet the interests of the children or the resources that you have to hand.
Tree stumps provide endless possibilities outdoors - just look at this wonderful seating arrangement:
|From the Aspetuck Land Trust Blog|
|Caring Connections Natural Playscape 2011|
Recently at our preschool my lovely colleague planted two rows of Lilli Pillis and native grasses in tyres - when they grow in they will create a natural space for the children to hide and play:
This was cheap and easy - the plants were all on special at the local nursery and came in at under $120, and with willing little helpers the gardening was done and dusted and in a day.
Labyrinths in Children's Playscapes
::: Just Add Stones, Stumps, Logs and Mounds
::: Nature Play - Simple and Fun Ideas for All - A practical guide on nature play offers fun, simple and cost effective examples of play ideas from easily sourced materials.
Have you got an idea that has worked for you?
I'd love you to share it with us in the comments below.
Stay tuned for more in the series on natural elements for outdoor playscapes tomorrow.