Whilst walking around Vilnius in Lithuania, I kept an eagle eye out for any interesting play parks. Most were the usual rather dismal swing, slide, spring toy and climbing frame set. Yet tucked away in the Pavilniai Regional Park, I discovered this little bespoke beauty.
Developing School Grounds and Outdoor Spaces
This is the page with ideas and inspiration for tweaking, changing or even transforming your outdoor space. Juliet works with schools and nurseries to kickstart the process using a whole-school participative approach. Find out more here.
The gardening, wildlife and biodiversity posts have now been moved to their own
Nursery Outdoor Spaces
A special place for special people. Wonderful natural outdoor space for little children
Lynn McNair writes about the approach to risk, challenge and outdoor play
A newly created outdoor space in an Aberdeen children’s centre.
The entrances to and within a school send a hidden message about the values of an establishment. What is your school entrance saying?
A transformation from a traditional to nature-based practice at this establishment. Great example of supporting and empowering staff through the process.
The ultimate mud kitchen – more sophisticated than it looks at first glance.
Kookaburra Korner in NSW Australia – lovely example.
Fabulous messy play area at Fort William Stramash Outdoor Nursery.
The first of many postings about this school’s approach to the curriculum. Yes – there’s a lot of outdoor activities happening and amazing school grounds
What’s playtime like at your school. For the love of loose parts!
A report on progress after a couple of years.
My first go at developing school grounds
Making the changes and learning from my mistakes
This is where you find me on Fridays
Introducing the Inveraray Primary School grounds
Inveraray Primary School has a positive hidden ethos throughout its school grounds
Black Horse Hill Infant School, West Kirby
An amazing geology trail. The potential is mind-boggling
How to generate a passion and reduce vandalism
An embankment of possibilities.
Community and Public Play Spaces – Adventure Playground, Out of School Care, etc.
Great examples of what swings can be about!
the use of signs in a play environment
An ugly patch gets a beautiful makeover on a budget!
Creating an outdoor shelter on a shoestring budget.
This is one of the best woodland adventure set ups ever!
The Barry Island typographic traversing wall created by Gordon Young provides inspiration for playground climbing features
International Examples of Nursery Outdoor Spaces
The first Swedish outdoor pre-school, established in 1986 and still going strong
A quick tour to satisfy your curiosity
A much-loved village nursery that developed its grounds
A photofest of ideas from a Swedish pre-school’s outdoor space
Glendale EC Centre in NSW, Australia, provide inspiration for use of pallets in their outdoor space.
International Examples of Primary School Grounds
KapKa’s school grounds and its artwork, Seattle, USA
An international school that has a 2-week immersion in the forest at the start of every year. Lithuania
International Examples of Outdoor Playspaces
A core part of any outdoor space are places to slide. Enjoy the examples in this blog post.
An inspiring example of how one school community built a temporary playspace following the earthquake in Christchurch.
A specially designed free play space in the bush – in the heart of Perth, Western Australia
A community-orientated inclusive public playground for all children of all ages. Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
How to improve bike play inspired by Macquarie Lake Variety Playground, Newcastle NSW, Australia.
A trip down memory inspired by a visit to this Seventies playground which has stood the test of time
Wonderful 4 acre playspace designed by Herb Schaal just outside Chicago.
A beautifully constructed compact and bijou playspace for children.
A Richter-Spielgerate play area in Rio Madrid Park, Madrid. Height and challenge make this playspace attractive.
A slide fest!
A legacy of tennis and rock concerts in a former arena result in a futuristic high-level playscape
Free downloads and a range of beautifully illustrated books from all over the world to help with inspiration and action to improve your outdoor space.
Practical guidance to save a wasted trip!
A simple doable approach to finding out what people thing about their school grounds or outdoor space.
Great examples of dry creeks and practical advice from Australia
A wide range of ideas beyond what you will normally find in a playground equipment catalogue.
An Interview with Sharon Danks, author
The interview continues. Great advice about school yard transformation
Spot on advice from one of the world’s leading nature playscape designers
Reduce crime by design
An example from Southmuir Nursery to give you some ideas
Some very creative and open-ended examples from Fraserburgh North School
Inspiration from North Uist to include community features in an outdoor space
And other free play systems
beautiful stonework in the Lake District and school grounds
A look at stones for children’s play
Wherever you look, there’s stones to be seen
Ideas for using tyres to improve play opportunities for all ages
Big immoveable rocks provide a context for philosophy.
Forget the nonsense and just let children play in sand.
A budget approach to creating any size of a sandpit that works in schools where digging up the tarmac is not possible
Why using a school grounds professional can make a difference
seats that facilitate a child’s ownership of a place
Thanks to a bear called ‘Fred the Ted’
Thoughts, ideas and suggestions around boats as features in outdoor spaces
A one tonne sand pit at Gardenstown Playgroup now is an outdoor home corner
Great big loose parts for great big play experiences
From landforms to landscapes. Lessons from the Lady of the North in terms of planning and designing an outdoor space
Guest post by Frode Svane about naturalised playgrounds in Norway and Berlin
The building of a Hobbit House using recycled materials and with the involvement of children
Beautiful bespoke big instruments
Ideas around siting musical instruments outdoors
A great project for all ages, not just nursery
Art Ideas and Fence Makeovers
Ideas for using fences
More fab ideas from Inverallochy School
Shared play through a big fence
Beautiful fence displays
Fraserburgh South Nursery fence gets a huge makeover
More than just fences and so worth a look!
KapKa’s school grounds and its artwork
How to brighten up a school grounds with a bit of paint and artwork
A mighty earth bagged mosaic play feature at Glamis Adventure Playground, London
Creating sculptures for your outdoor space using recycled wood off-cuts, Perspex, CDs and a lot of imagination.
An interactive old-fashioned mural, designed for stimulating imaginative and dramatic play.
Robust fence art that can withstand any weather
RBS Supergrounds celebrations
A positive, peaceful tradition which can be established in a peace garden or other special part of a school grounds.