Natural Playground

Ladybug & Bumblebee Tic Tac Toe

Ladybug & Bumblebee Tic Tac Toe

I posted last year about our attempt to makeover our backyard into a more natural play space and we've been working slowly and steadily on it since. Once idea I'd seen on Pinterest was a tic tac toe game using rocks so an a day trip recently we stopped by a beach and collected some smooth round rocks to do a Pinterest Test Drive to see if it worked as well as it appeared to online. Here is the process and our verdict on if it was a Pinterest Win or Fail…

Backyard Makeover: Creating a Natural Playspace

Backyard Makeover: Creating a Natural Playspace

The yard/property attached to our house is both a blessing and a curse. We are surrounded by trees that are so dense during the leafy part of the year that you can’t even see our neighbours’ houses. This is exactly the privacy and connection to nature that we desired when we moved in, so there’s the blessing. The “curse” is that the property is oddly shaped with minimal lawn space which basically makes it impossible to have a traditional playground structure on it...so here's what we're going to do...

What IS a natural playground?

What IS a natural playground?

So, Halifax, you’ve got yourself a shiny new natural playground at the Dingle in Sir Sandford Fleming Park. But what is a natural playground? How does it help families appreciate nature more? Should we encourage kids to play on it? Is it even safe for kids to play on it?

The Dingle Park's Natural Playground

The Dingle Park's Natural Playground

A little over a year ago we visited the natural playground in the Annapolis Valley and it was a hit with our nature loving kiddos so we had high expectations for this one designed by Earthscape in the heart of our city.