Dirt kitchen and outdoor play area
A long-term project of ours has been to create an engaging outdoor play area for the kids.
There was a few major boxes that had to be ticked:
• Could be viewed from the most used areas of the house (kitchen/living/lounge areas).
• Plenty of playroom for multiple kids – we like entertaining and pretty much all of our friends have young children.
• Included a ‘dirt kitchen’ or similar to encourage imaginative play.
Well I’m happy to say the dirt kitchen (well sand kitchen in our case) is pretty much complete. I’d like to paint some blank cd’s with chalkboard paint and glue down on the bench top to look like hotplates, and I need to touch up the black board paint on the backboard, but aside from that, we are done – hooray!
It’s been kitted out with second hand bits and pieces – the sink and beach came from the Tip Shop.
The railway sleepers surrounding the sandpit were very generously offered to us by friends who had surplus.
Most of the utensils are doubles from our kitchen or $2 or less cheapies from Kmart (gotta love their mini saucepans!)
Our plan was to create a ‘hub’ of play areas for the kids in the one area that was easily seen from the kitchen (in particular), so we have the trampoline, sandpit/dirt kitchen/play equipment) all next to each other with our grassy area just to the left behind it.
We’ve also got the fairy mushroom tree stumps that we painted for Miss E’s pixies and pirates party off to the side (I wish I could spend time relaxing in the hammock while they play, but they usually end up piling in with me when I get in it!)
The next project is to add a playdeck/slide/swing structure alongside (somewhere) which will keep our swing obsessed kids content with no nearby park.
But for now that’s it. And I’m looking forward to sunny days ahead!