The time has come to breath some life back into this blog.
And what better way to kick start things than an tribute to my love affair with the humble pallet.
As anyone who works with the budget in an early childhood setting knows only too well, money never stretches far enough.
And even if it did, the most interesting materials and resources tend to be those that are found and reused in creative ways, or real life objects uncovered at garage sales or Op shops.
Enter the wooden pallet. Often available free of charge, or to be found for a measly $10 from a nursery or recycling centre, the pallet is an open ended resource that can be put to use in a learning environment in a myriad of ways.
Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Pallet Gardens:
The perfect solution for gardening with children in small spaces, and a nifty way to liven up those bare outdoor walls:
A vertical herb garden from Shelterness
2. Pallet houses
A more ambitious project, but too irresistible not to include:
4. A Handy Play Surface:
5. Taking Things Apart:
6. Book Shelves:
Early Learning Services
8. Outdoor Kitchens
9. Multi Purpose
The clever folk at Oac Child Care have adapted pallets for use in a number of interesting ways.
Using one pallet, or two joined together a sheet of ply has been attached to the top and painted with blackboard paint. Lockable wheels have been added to the base, and voila!
Perfect for indoor and outdoor spaces, it can be a chalk board, a table, a play surface for imaginative play scenes, a place to sit on, climb on or jump off.
10. A Shoe Rack
Pallet Furniture DIY
11. A Pathway
12. A Place to Take a Load Off:
Wooden Pallet Furniture
13. A Place to Hang your Hat
14. Water Play Station:
15. A Boat:
16. Pallet Wall:
17. Loose Parts for Play
18. Building Platform
19. Pallet Construction
20. Garden Tool Storage
Our Little Acre
Tips and Tricks
Selecting your Pallet
It pays to be choosy when selected the right pallet for your project. Reject pallets that:
- look oily
- are stained
- are extra heavy
- have too many twisted or protruding nails
- look suspect, period
Preparing your Pallet
Always be safe and scrub the wood down with disinfectant and soapy water. Rinse well, and allow to completely dry. Remove or saw down any nails that are protruding from the wood. Sand back any splintered surfaces.
Looking for more Pallet Inspiration?
DIY Recycled Pallet Projects for Kids from Mummy Musings and Mayhem