Today I’m asking your advice and thoughts! Below is a photo of a six-foot fence surrounding a nursery outdoor space. On the other side is a play space for Primary 1 and 2 children (4-7yr olds) which can be accessed from their classrooms. A couple of the classes are for children who have additional support needs.
I’m wondering what ideas you might have for some collaborative play that could take place through the fence. The rails are quite narrow so a piece of guttering can just fit through if given a wee squeeze. But there is a lot of fence. The photo shows just a tiny part of it. One side is bark chips, the other is tarmac.
To get your creative juices flowing, these are my initial thoughts, but please do add, expand and think laterally too. The children will have many ideas too once a few prompts are given…
- Have a water tray either side of the fence and put pipes and guttering in the area so that children can share water and resources.
- Put up a hanging “water wall” with bottles, funnels, pipes, tubes, etc. It might even become a swinging water wall with upside down bottles, with holes in, attached by string to swing through the fence.
- Make dangly art mobiles related to the children’s interests and activities. For example, after a trip to the beach, hang up threaded shells. Or have a series of little plants in plastic bottles hanging down in a tier, attached with string. In autumn, this might be laminated leaves or in summer pressed dried flowers that have been laminated.
- Long lacing places. Attach long laces or fine rope that can be used to thread holey objects such as large beads, CDs, etc. If the children are shown how to tie a knot then these can be left out and added to over a number of sessions.
- Bird feeding stations. Thread fat balls and make seed cake with string passing through for the birds to eat. Find slender birds feeders that can dangle through.
- Shared big rope play. Put a rope through the fence and see how the children decide to play with it…!
- Shared constructions. Blocks and bricks like duplo can be put on both sides and a bridge made over the low rail. Then see what other creations happen as a result. This could be extended to larger building projects using long sticks.