The children have been busy too, there are so many new spaces to explore in our yard. The toys and loose parts are now spread out around the yard so the storage area isn’t so congested.
One of my vacation projects was to re-purpose our old rain barrels into loose parts storage bins. The two that cracked this past winter are now located in the North-East corner of the gravel area;
The oldest water barrel – which has been waiting for years to get a new purpose – now stores all the larger pieces of scrap lumber. It is located in the South-West corner of the yard by the tipi.
This ‘new yard space’ was created in what used to be the parking area and is now the children’s favourite space.
The toy bin is in the South-East part of the gravel area. I’ve trimmed the lower branches off the cedars and this is where the babies like to play.
I took some close-up pictures of various objects in the yard and used them to create ‘Where-Am-I’ cards. The children enjoyed searching the new spaces to locate each item on their card.
These are also useful for learning to recognize our plants by the shape/colour of their leaves or the texture of their bark.
Most recently the upper deck has been transformed into a outdoor art area. Yesterday was the first time the older children got to use it during quiet time when the little ones were napping.
We’ve enjoyed exploring all the new spaces and are looking forward to many more adventures.