For a few years I managed the transition of the only self-build Adventure Playground in Bradford, the Big Swing, from the statutory into the voluntary sector. Supporting the staff and managing the site through a period of transition gave me a real insight into the value of Adventure Playgrounds and the capability of children and young people. [..read more..]
March has been an exciting month. So exciting in fact I have barely had time to write it all up! [..read more..]
Leaping from the treehouse
Even in that frantic run up to Christmas the Foundation stage children (aged three to five) who had been working on the treehouse were reflective of their experiences. The tree house building which has been recorded here
ground to a halt when we found we had a structure that we could leap off
. [..read more..]
Deep play – overcoming fears and apprehension
As the children had their lunch I went up to the treehouse site (if you are new to this project then catch up here
). I wanted to check things over and see what things looked like without half a dozen small bodies on top of the walls and door frame. A group of girls came out after their lunch and watching them playing in the treehouse distracted me so I didn’t get a chance to get any tools out. [..read more..]
Most building sites don’t down tools every time someone finds a worm!
Last week I began a child led project with a foundation stage group of children to build a treehouse.
It was a very process oriented project. The children were content to have moved from hammering, sawing and drilling around a table inside, to have moved to hammering, sawing and drilling around a pallet outside. This week however they were very keen to have something that felt like a tree house. To the two wooden pallets and small pile of wood I added some fence posts. [..read more..]
A tree house project would interest a lot of the children
After the popularity of the work bench in the Atelier
I was reflecting on how we could keep developing our skills with the tools and make a collaborative project. I also wanted to take the work bench outside. [..read more..]