This outdoor environment has several invitation areas for children to explore, from a wheelbarrow sand pit, to animals scattered all over. Great way to engage children's imagination. - Puzzles Family Day Care Environment. For more inspiring spaces: http://pinterest.com/kinderooacademy/provocations-inspiring-classrooms/ ≈ ≈

Lovely area for small world play outdoors from 'Erin' - image shared by Five Star Family Day Care Maitland (",)

Musical Cave - Puzzles Family Day Care ≈≈

Dino station in the garden. For more inspiring classrooms visit: http://pinterest.com/kinderooacademy/provocations-inspiring-classrooms/ ≈ ≈

Dinosaur caves in the garden at a Family Day Care

Musical Cave outdoors from Puzzles Family Day Care (",)

Mud kitchens

Mixing rock and rubber tyres as a border for a play pit at an outdoor children’s play area in Darlington, UK

Gorgeous little outdoor area at Sandringham Primary School... loose parts, rainbow blocks & a mirrored space, image shared by Walker Learning Approach: Personalised Learning (",)

Recycle City at Puzzles Family Day Care (",)

I would love to add this to our outdoor area. Its a mud kitchen. The children love to play in the mud and this is a great place for them to do so but in a more controlled setting.

Rocky road at Puzzles Family Day Care (",)

Beautiful quiet space. For more inspiring environments visit: http://pinterest.com/kinderooacademy/provocations-inspiring-classrooms/ ≈ ≈

Tire play - Puzzles Family Day Care ≈≈

The mud café at Puzzles Family Day Care has been temporarily changed into an Outdoor Gallery (",)

Beautiful sandpit at Puzzles Family Day Care.

Great article on setting up natural play spaces. Love the point that the author mentions from a talk by Nancy Blakey : "90% of our best childhood memories take place outdoors." ~ Def true for my childhood.

Stunning outdoor sand area at Puzzles Family Day Care (",)

outdoor free play space

Since we don't have a defined kiva area, thought making a willow nest for the kids to sit around would be really cool. Quail make their nests on the ground, so makes sense, right? :)