During 2010 our school had new buildings built. As part of this process our playground needed a revamp. We only kept one of our existing play structures. The rest of the playground was basically looking like Ground Zero. There was leftover rubble from the build, tree stumps and a lot of bare dirt. We share our play space with the Pre-Primary so in consultation with the Pre-Primary team we came up with some ideas of what we’d like. The 2011 picture is what our play area looked like at the beginning of 2011.
We’ve added a few more elements to our play area since last year. We’ve planted native plants and bushes as well as some lavenders and rosemary to create a sensory garden. Our garden also includes a large wooden xylophone and other music making elements. We’ve used a lot of recycled items to create our cubby house, the seats, the boat and the water wall. Near our water wall is a gate that leads to the Sustainability Centre in the “big” school. This is an initiative our school has been involved with for a few years now.
Here’s an after shot of what our playground is beginning to look like now. I’m hoping to add a brushwood fence and a garden arch doorway to the flower table and seats. I’d also like to add some hooks to the fence behind it to hang some old pots and pans on in the hopes of making the area a little more inviting. It’s seldom used at the moment and I’d like to create some interest in the area.