|Big logs to move are great for those that need extra sensory input.|
|Nature blocks add more challenge to building|
The climbing area is in the back of the playground with a wonderful climber designed and built by my husband, assisted by our son. It has a rock climbing wall, stairs, and a tire climber all to access the platform on the top and a slide. Prior to this we had a plastic climber with slides. Now this has more possibilities for play and more children can play at one time. It also has enough space underneath that we added drums and other music items to play and sometimes it becomes a store counter.
Previously we had a fancy mud kitchen that looked like a little kitchen. However, the ants decided to make a nest inside the plywood on the sides. Now we have two stumps holding up a cedar live edge plank so the bugs won't like it. Additionally I poured polyurethane on the cedar plank to protect the wood from the sun. The mud is in a simple plastic long low container so the kiddos can mix the dirt with water to make mud, mix it for pies, cakes, or whatever they desire for pretend play. Put in a few sticks and it becomes a birthday cake to share. So many possibilities. The dishes are in another bin for storage. Both bins can store underneath the plank. The mud kitchen is adjacent to the fairy house/play house which is simply made from branches we found and wove together. They are tied at strategic places. We decorate the branches with yarn of multiple colors, which we get to redecorate periodically as squirrels like to take our yarn for their homes.