Our church, which is Unitarian universalist, has some funding to re-do the playground, and b/c I am in charge of setting up the preschool that will soon be there, I get to have a big part in deciding what the playground will be!
Kids using it are currently 3-13yrs old, but will mostly be used by 3-7yr olds. There are some kids with special needs (sight impared, autism). It would also be nice to have a table/seating area for adults who are out there, and also for the kids to eat snacks/do art projects, etc. And ideally, we would be able to let the kids play out there somewhat unsupervised, so nothing really high up or dangerous (the space can be seen from inside easily, but usually after the church service adults want to be inside, and the kids want to be out)
We have a large chain link fenced area that's "L" shaped, which we may make into a rectangle b/c its so huge! Its got lots of shade from trees near the edge of the space, and a smallish cement slab that comes from the building. Other than a couple falling down play pieces, there is nothing back there!
I want something open-ended, natural looking, waldorf-y and unique compared to standard playgrounds. Something where kids can use their imagination.
One idea is to put a laybrith in the open area that the kids can run around on, play tag, etc. It also suits the philosophys of the church. I'd also like to incooperate a garden where the kids can plant whatever they'd like
Here are some other ideas I found:
Anyone have any fun suggestions to add?