Do you have outdoor play equipment at your home or perhaps a playground close by? Beanie LOVES to go to the playground – swinging is his absolute favorite but he also enjoys climbing.
So because I obsess over all things children I constantly look at what is old and new in terms of play equipment. I remember when our own children were younger, we used to vacation at Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. They had a marvelous playground area with a structure that included steps, slides, and poles to slide down – the children loved it! I would love to build a tree house for Beanie, now that he is older, in one of the trees close to the house…it would be a great summer project I think!
In the meantime, I have found a very interesting website called PlayGroundology – the brainchild of Alex Smith. According to the website, PlayGroundology “scours the web for all things bright, beautiful and occasionally tarnished in the world of playgrounds.” If you really want to waste time/be inspired go to the PlayGroundology Facebook page. If you can’t find a playground there that tempts your spirit, well then, you are just not a playground person!
If you are looking for some inspiration for your own backyard, check out my Pinterest pages – Outside Fun and Tree Houses and Other Hideaways. I add to these frequently as I find pictures that I hope will help us decide what we will be building for our Beanie – who loves to be outside.
Isn’t interesting how things come together sometimes? So I have been wanting to share PlayGroundology with you all for awhile now. And then, all of a sudden, The Telegraph comes out with an article on “Street Play.” So interesting. Towns and Cities in the UK are using The Street Playgrounds Act, which received Royal Assent in 1938, in order to close off residential streets for a period of time every week so that children can play outside. I don’t know about you, but I did grow up in a neighborhood and one of the things I liked to do best was roller skate – you know, the old-fashioned way with metal skates that your shoes slipped into. My mother told me just the other day that she still has a roller skate key! She never throws anything away.
In any case the “street play” movement which started modestly in Bristol now has over 40 play streets and other council areas in England have taken up the concept as well. Getting children outside to play – never a bad thing.