A Delightful Daycare in Portland

My Great Outdoors

Reader: Michelle (owner of preschool for ages 2-5)
Location: Portland, OR

I am a family child care provider. Over 5 years, I have turned my front yard into an outdoor play space for the ten preschoolers who spend their days with me.

We have a large sand area (10 yards of sand!) with a log tunnel entrance and a hand pump for the children to use. A play structure, mudpie kitchen, large playhouse, and various planting areas (you can see the start of this year's sunflower house and bean teepee in one photo) complete the yard. This year I replaced the grass with artificial turf, which has been a wonderful change when it comes to being able to use the yard even in Oregon's rainy weather.

Thanks Michelle! What lucky children to have such a varied, create outdoor space to play in! Readers, you can find out more about this inspiring place at Busy Bee Daycare & Preschool.

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As Apartment Therapy's Managing 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.