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Don’t have a cow man, make him a home!

Its a blistering hot day at the beach. The sun is shining and the gentle breeze tempers the radiant heat from the pure white sand. Today we brought toys with us. In the bag are the usual buckets and spades, and a friendly plastic cow.

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The plastic cow that cost 20 cents from an second hand store was the central theme of play. This wonderful activity started with me asking “What does a cow need darling?” From there, the adventure to search for materials and build the cow a home was on!  The beach was scoured for branches to make a large tree, leaves to thread onto it, branches for a paddock fence and gate, grass for food, shrubs to rub his bottom on to scratch an itch, grass to eat etc… Holes were dug for a waterhole so he could drink. My eldest toddler even volunteered to be the cow’s friend and farmer so that he wouldn’t be lonely.

Integrated into this play were:
– lateral thinking
– resourcing
– design and construction
– connection to each other and the activity
– integration into physical environment.

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Benefits to development:
– fine motor skills
– gross motor skills
– problem solving
– a sense of belonging.

A simple question started this activity and brought wonderful results. Maybe give something similar a try with little people in your lives?

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Hope you have a beautiful day.

Upcycling a sun shelter for winter garden fun

A new play station under some trees in our garden
A new play station under some trees in our garden

I want to live more sustainably. What better way than maximizing the uses for items in our own homes? I am on a mission to make do or do without. So we upcycled an old sun shelter and now have a new play station in our garden. It was retrieved from the garage and refashioned into a house!

Plenty of room for a small party!
Plenty of room for a small party!

This sun shelter represents lots of typical items in the modern home. It has a specific purpose, used seldom, takes up lots of storage space and when it breaks it gets dumped because it’s more cost effective to replace it than repair it. Why not increase its usefulness?

An old curtain remnant was strung up for the door. What a hit (open, shut, open, shut)! We laid an old cloth down for flooring and various other items have now found a new home inside.

We enjoyed afternoon tea in the new little garden home
We enjoyed afternoon tea in the new little garden home

A quick set up, easily maintained and a great activity for a sunny winter’s day at home. Have you got any similar play-based upcycling projects at your place? I’d love to hear about them.

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