I am so excited to share this little project with you…..we finally finished it this weekend and I can’t tell you how overjoyed I was to see the toddler twosome playing in it ALL DAY!!!
I do warn you that there are even more photos in this post than I usually overload you with but with these sort of projects I think it is better to tell the story visually rather than with lots of words (although knowing me there probably will be lots of words anyway…sorry)!
If you are a regular reader of The Empowered Educator you will know that we are creating a natural playspace in our backyard for our twin toddlers as well as for my family day care business. You might like to read through our Creating a Boulder Sandpit and Landscaping with Toddlers article if this is your first visit!
We are so lucky to have the space that we do but it has been a long road to get some landscaping completed with twins ‘helping’…so it is especially exciting to finally see some of the projects in my head come to fruition!
Here’s how we created our rock quarry for kids…..
I also wanted them to have access to various loose parts materials to add to their play so I fastened a few old garden pots I found in the shed to the retaining wall. I drilled a hole in the bottom so water can run out and then filled them with coloured rocks, sticks the girls collected, some shells from a recent beach trip, a few of our tree blocks and other bits and pieces from around the yard.
They were very popular and started off all kinds of imaginative play….
A few smooth river rocks offered a different texture to the red bush rocks and the coloured stones were like little treasures waiting to be found. There were even a few little peg people who seemed to be hiding in the rocks!
But no one was getting Tara out of her quarry….once she found the end of the road held even more rocks of all shapes and sizes she was intent on rearranging her trucks and loads numerous times!
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Jodie Clarke is an early childhood professional supporting educators who want and need to stay passionate about the work they do! She has 30 years hands-on experience in the early childhood and human services sectors across many different roles.
Jodie is mum to 3 in Australia and has already helped thousands of educators with their work through her popular blog posts, activity ideas, online training and e-books.