one of the things that i dislike about urban parenting is how outside play is almost always connected to playgrounds. although the playgrounds in our area are great and offer possibilities for hours and hours of free play, i do prefer children playing in a natural setting. like a park, in a wood, by a creek or possibly a garden. when we go to our favourite park, i turn right when we enter it, taking the longest possible way to the playground. we bring a blanket and have a drink or read some books on it, while watching birds and rabbits. then we collect a few sticks, find a tunnel through the bushes or try to climb a tree. that's what outside play is about for me. after that, we can still visit the playground!
i remember my sister and me playing for hours and hours in our childhood garden, with nothing more than a swingset and some very few toys (if at all). and now i immensely enjoy watching my own children discovering outside play in that garden. there is a sandbox, with enough sticks and rocks and water for any building or cooking project. spencer loves taking tours around the outside of the house, and knows where he planted bulbs with his grandma, where the tomatos grow and where exactly the perfect parking space for his pushcar is. i am gathering more ideas for natural outside play on my outdoor spaces pinterest board, as we will spend a lot more time in that garden in the future.
are there any ideas you'd like to share regarding outdoor play spaces???