Recently I saw a blog post about creating natural watercolour paint from fresh flowers. With lots of flowers appearing now spring is here, I thought it would be a timely opportunity to have a go at this myself – a practice run before trialling on a group of children. [..read more..]
Whilst there is a trend towards naturalising outdoor spaces, as a general rule, there are less good examples around that have been developed for babies.
Ideally, outdoor play spaces work best when children can choose which part of an outdoor space to play and are not confined by age. What matters is that there are a variety of different inviting zones and some of these are areas where children who want or need a calmer place to play can go, including babies.
At the Kookaburra Korner Early Education Centre, the outdoor space underwent a complete redesign by Inspired EC last year. The soft play surface that covered all the ground (wall-to-fence wet pour rubber) has been replaced with an attractive naturalised play space. The children have much more freedom to move between the former play zones. To facilitate this, all the fencing has peekaboo holes at different heights and shapes – as you can see in the photo below. This enables children to see through to other areas and thus adds to the invitations to play! The Wombat area featured in this blog post was designed with babies in mind – enjoy the photo fest… [..read more..]