Like many preschools, we aren't exactly rolling in the money required for additions to our outdoor play space. One solution is to accept the donation of pre-loved equipment from generous folk, which is just what we did with this wooden cubby house.
It is already becoming a popular hub for imaginative outdoor play - last week it became headquarters for 'experiments' with 'bad stuff' to catch girls - and a place to shelter from the rainy weather.
Structurally sound, it just needs a good coat of paint. The current graffiti paint job of the previous owners just has to go. We have been brainstorming ideas for a cubby makeover, and I would love your input.
Do we paint it a neutral colour to blend in with the surroundings, or go the colourful route like Syndal Preschool (via Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning).
Or a mural, like this one I saw at the Hurstbridge Learning Co-op:
Or do we paint a side or two with blackboard paint?
While we decide, our kids have been giving the cubby their own makeover with the left over paint in the paint pots at the end of the day. Nothing says "this place is mine" than being given free reign to put your own mark on the outdoor environment.
Which brings me to our final option. Do we give it a coat of paint and then leave it as a blank canvas for the kids to continually add their own touches in this way throughout the year? Like an ever-changing artwork, smack bang in the middle of the play space.