The latest addition to outdoor play area is something I have wanted to create since we first began landscaping the yard to turn it into a child friendly environment.
We are fortunate to have the space to be able to include these sort of elements and I love being able to finish products I have been seeing in my mind for what seems like ages!
Regular readers will know we have a huge pile of dirt to move out of the yard after the retaining walls were erected. Some of this dirt we decided to put to good use as a mound for a slide area…..
A little softfall mulch to hold everything together and provide a softer place to land and our new slide and mound are finished! The mulch and plants offer their own opportunities for sensory play and exploration…..the rest of the discovery I shall leave to the children…they will know just what to do, I plan to enjoy sitting back and watching!
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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.
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Kate - An Everyday Story says
Looks really fab Jode 🙂 You really have made the most of your slopey block 🙂 I love your sandpit and the slide is so great. Your new little ones are going to love it 🙂
That is awesome! I really want to do something like this. Thanks for the tips. I’ve just put it to the top of my to-do list 🙂 Hannah (Paint on the Ceiling)
Jay @ Learning to play and playing to learn says
That looks great. I wish I had the forethought to so something like that. We even have a hill. You guys have the best backyard!!
Happy Whimsical Hearts says
Your yard is so wonderfully set up for kids! Cleve, clever, and I bet they play for ages!!
Kate Grono says
This looks fantastic. My kids would have a field day in your back yard!
Wow! what an amazing play space. I love that kids of all ages are able to join in safely without the need of a hovering parent. Great job. I can see this getting lots of use in summer with the addition of a trickling hose haha!
Danya atDanyaBanya says
Who needs a park – you have one in your own backyard! Looks great Jodie!
Twins Squared says
LOVE the slide! What a cute idea and great job! When my littles were two we got a swingset that included fort and slide and I have never regretted it. They are now 5 1/2 and the big girls are 9 and they all still use it. Except this week they’ve dragged the hose out to it and made it a water slide. Lots of fun but a little scary how fast they go!
Kate Lloyd says
How adorable and it looks like so much fun. You have the most creative mind and can see such potential in everything. It’s great you have a hubby who makes it all happen. Great job and thanks for sharing. Totally jealous. lol
I bet your girls were so excited and couldn’t wait to try it out. I love that it will grow and change over time. Plants may hide it, so little ones will discover it. What a lovely sliding experience!
Jaime Oliver says
Wow that looks fantastic!! xx
Coombe Mill says
We have a slide like this made from the natural slope of the valley at Coombe Mill. They are great fun. We have carved steps into the bank for ours but a similar idea to you. Thank you for sharing your latest garden developments on Country Kids.
that is so cool! You guys have the most awesome back yard!
this looks so good and gets around the issue of having to have deep soft fall under high playthings. Nice and safe and fun:)
Nichola Fabfortymum says
I love your back garden Jode, it is a real adventure playground, you really have the most superb ideas for the girls, they must just love playing out there all the time x
Mama Owl says
OH MY WORD! I want to steal your idea! That is simply brilliant!!
Deborah Alter-Rasche says
This is fantastic Jode! We actually have a split level yard with retaining walls that I have been meaning to set a slide into for ages so we can get from one level to the next without walking down the steps.. thanks for the inspiration 🙂 oh, ps. I’ve featured this post on this weeks Tuesday Tots. 🙂
I prefer this kind of slide for kids.Our local pre-school had one built so kids wouldn’t fall or push each other off.
It looks really nice but have a question: How do you keep animals away from the sand box if it’s always open? How do you keep it clean?
I love this! We just bought a slide today and are planning to do the same thing. Was looking to see if anyone else had made one. Love it! Best part- no falling
Julie Klopper says
How do o attach top to hill?
how did you secure the slide? I’m trying to create this same effect in a school playground, but know that it will need to be secured to something in order to be permitted. Any ideas?
Andrea Lay says
How did you secure the slide?
Thanks, Andrea Lay
Just packed the dirt and stones around it and the gaps Andrea
Thanks! Where dose you find the slide?
Hi Dianna, we got our slide from the local Bunnings hardware store 🙂
How do you keep the rain from washing the dirt away?
The Empowered Educator says
You just need to pack some smaller rocks in around the top and then the plants and mulch seem to hold the rest in place fairly well 🙂
Really great idea, I’m going to try. Only question is how did you compact the dirt?
This is really fantastic! Would you please share the manufacture of the slide? It works perfectly here and I would like to recreate!
The Empowered Educator says
Hi Ashley, we just got our slide from Bunnings warehouse in Australia. Good luck with your recreation!!
Its been so long since you posted this I’m not sure if you’ll see this question or even be able to answer but… we are finally able to revamp our yard and I love so many of your ideas. I am dying to build a hill to put a slide in but hubby and I are arguing how steep it should be. Do you have any idea what the angle of your slide is? It looks exactly what I want
This is adorable! I didn’t see how you attached it to the hill. Did you just dig a trench and pack dirt in around it?