Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Playground is born.

We spent last weekend building a new playground for our youngest children.  It was a TON of hard work but so satisfying and worth the effort.  Today we took the Licensing Officer through it and she loved the playground.  All that hard work paid off!

Anyway, here are some pictures of the two days it took to build a Living Playground.

The rocks arrived.

Our amazing volunteers arrived.


The sod cutter arrived.

The dump truck arrived.  This was the highlight of the day for the children....and for many of us adults. ( Turns out that one of the men who delivered the soil was a student at our school about 20 years ago!)

 Two loads of soil arrived (brought by the dump truck) and the children quickly set to climbing all over it.  Really, who needs toys?  Just give children a huge pile of dirt, some shovels, and  purposeful work to do!  Now THAT is practical life.

 The food tent arrived.  This was brought by a parent.  She also brought a gallon of coffee and muffins for all of us!

 The raised beds arrived.

The Sensorial garden bed was dug out and filled with some of that lovely dirt.

 A flower bed was dug out and filled with more of that lovely dirt.

Diana and the children stomped out a path in the Sensorial Garden once all the dirt was in.  The Sensorial Garden will be filled with plants that the children can smell, feel, look at, listen to (seed pods, birds, etc) and taste.  The idea of this garden was started by our incredible Office Administrator and blossomed with input from parents and teachers.

Another little flower bed was dug out and filled with plants.

Stay tuned.  More pictures to follow.


contemplating montessori said...

Am so happy to read this post. We are soon going to be setting up our outer environment at school as well!

Pani Tanguera i Gabiś said...

Wow! Looks like a lot of fun for everybodz, not work! :-)
Greeting from Montreal,