Last week Annabel came home from school excitedly telling me what a wonderful playground they had made at school.. and that she wanted to make one at home too. She said she needed some pipecleaners, sellotape, cardboard, loo roll and some straws. We gathered all the material and following Annabel`s instructions made a little playground.
Annabel made a bouncy swing by rolling the pipecleaner around the pencil and cutting out the seat from coloured paper. She then stuck everything together using sellotape. She loves to use sellotape, I like to use PVA- glue.
Next- the swing. To make it stand firm we stuck the pipecleaners into two lumps of clay. I found an old easter decoration- an egg sticked on top of a wire. So I took the wire and bent it to fit to the swing, a little cardboard piece for the seat and pipecleaners for the poles. Actually it swings quite well because the wire is slick.
Annabel made a beam using grill sticks, straw and sellotape. She says it`s a tunnel :) She also wants to make some balancing poles and climbing frames. And I want to make a sandpit.. some real sand is waiting in the shed :)
While adding equipment to the playground Annabel came up with more and more ideas. So we started to think how to make a seesaw. First we cut out a piece of cardboard. The beginning was easy.. but what next? So we sat on the kitchen floor browsing through all our recycling lids, boxes and other stuff to find suitable pieces fot the seesaw. Finally we decided to cut about 1 cm piece of a looroll and then we cut it in half. A straw for the pole seemed a good idea. But how to make the seesaw move? So instead of using the long straw we cut two little pieces and feed a grill stick through them. And volia.. the seesaw was swinging!
The roundabout was a bit tricky as well. While trying lots of ways how to make it we ended up putting some clay into the milk bottle lid, sticking a grill stick in the middle and leaving it to dry overnight. When the clay was dry we fed a straw to the grill stick and after making a little hole in the middle of the cheese box lid we slid it down almost to the bottom of the straw. The bend in the straw kept the cheesebox lid in the place. A little flag as well and the roundabout was ready. While playing we turned the cheese box lid over so the little toy animals didn’t fall over the edge And all this stuff is for Annabels Littlest Petshop Animals.
But as I said it is not ready.. we also need to make some stepping stones from milk bottle lids and a big tunnel from the loo roll.. Well we need a huge playground because Father Christmas will bring Annabel some more Petshop animals.
This post is linked to the “Nurture Store” Play Academy #12
and “Carnival of Small World Play” at Nurture Store.