A Creative Yard for Learning & Play

My Great Outdoors

Family: Amy, Allan and Dane (8)
Location: Marquette, MI

We run a small family home daycare and have been transforming our outdoor space into a great place to learn and play.

We have many fun features including a small swing set and climber, a huge sandbox, a mud pie kitchen, a music area, a sand and water wall, a boat, a couple of playhouses, a hammock, an easel, a portable stage, flower beds, and a lot of loose parts for creative play.

One of our favorites is our music area. We made everything from scrap wood and items from thrift stores (or sometimes found on the side of the road). It is hard to pick a favorite instrument: We have a large wooden xylophone, metal chimes, tambourines,a banging station, a thunder drum, and a large tractor tire drum.

Daily dishes are served up at our wonderful mud pie kitchen. The menu seems to change on a daily basis, but the cakes are divine!

What an inspiring space! Thanks Amy! Readers, see more of this space and find other creative projects at Child Central Station.

(Images: Child Central Station)

(Re-edited from a post originally published 06.13.11 - NM)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.