Our natural playgrounds uses terrain features, vegetation, natural materials to play. Even thought you will not find the typical playground equipment here, natural features are a very attractive place for children to play. This garden aids in the balanced growth of children more than the usual playground as it fosters creativity and imagination, not just motor skills. Additionally the natural environment, does provide opportunities for developing motor control with the availability of stones, sticks, stumps, and flowers. The garden space has been a cooperative creation with the children, which builds their social confidence and ownership of this space that is their garden.
Our garden is a great space with lots of ideas for fun. Hidden nooks and hiding places abound. There is a hammock and hills from which you can roll, climb or descend. There are tree stumps, wood objects and carts for transporting a variety of things.
Access to running water is also provided for watering plants.The children have their own watering cans, shovels and rakes they can use to work in the garden. Through the cultivation of flower beds they have the opportunity to observe the life cycle of plants from seed to fruit. These fruits in the summer will be used in the classroom to prepare homemade preserves.
One of the favorite attractions of the children are specially made to order I love Montessori structures from the trunk of a huge 100-year-old poplar tree. It’s totally organic forms of wood and rope, giving endless opportunities for fun. In the children’s imagination these forms can become shops, houses, places for climbing, vehicles; the options are limitless.
Our garden is always evolving and by observing children ideas will continue to come to us which we will pursue over the coming months. Our playground is alive!