Transforming Outdoor Playgrounds
Kristine Parsons, Canada

Owl Child Care in Ontario, Canada, Waterloo Region has made a commitment to transform their outdoor playgrounds from the plastic and metal climbers to natural spaces. These pictures were taken at the Owl – St. Brigid location in Ayr. In this playground is a vegetative teepee; however, because it is a newer structure and winter here in Canada, there isn’t any vegetation growing on the structure. In these pictures, you can see that the children cut the branches off used Christmas trees that had been donated by the families. The branches were then attached to the teepee. This created a closed in hideaway for the children to gather in.  This space is now a place to gather away from the wind.

This centre had Christmas trees galore donated. There has been so much organic and authentic play taking place. I couldn’t possibly share all the pictures and stories but I am simply so proud of the team. There is more about the adventures created with Christmas trees posted on Owl’s Facebook.

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