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jadavi
18-04-2011, 11:09 AM
Hi I am starting out and wondered what people felt was essential to provide in the garden for the children.

Thanks
Jackie

mrs robbie williams
18-04-2011, 11:29 AM
Hiya well ive been minding for nearly a year now and have schoolies and a fulltime 3 year old. In our garden we have a massive trampoline at the bottom with enclosure, a slide, a seesaw, a range of scooters, and a tub of toys which contains things like water pistols, balls, toy guns etc. In the summer we have a large paddling pool which i put up which keeps them busy for hours on end (its brilliant as i can get a suntan while they play :) ) Other bits are allowed outside as long as they are put back in the playroom. The 3yr old likes to have the garage and cars out. hth :)

ZoeAlli
18-04-2011, 11:57 AM
It depends on the size of your garden, personal choice,how much you want to spend and what amenities (e.g park with swings) you have nearby. We have just removed the swingset from our garden because it was unsafe and we have two playparks 10 minutes walk away.
I have just reorganised my garden, and now have a sheltered area and den area, that wasn't there before.
We have cosy coupe cars and other ride-ons, a slide and a trampoline.
We have a variety of ball games, frisbees & rollerskates.
We have a sandpit and outdoor waterplay area.

The following websites have ideas for play outdoors- these might help you get an idea of what you can put in your garden.
http://www.npt.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=2349

http://www.thekidsgarden.co.uk/

http://www.lucygardens.com/index.html

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening/uploads/documents/Norfolk%20Outdoor%20learning%20Early%20Years%20TOo l%20kit_1299.pdf

http://www.birthtofive.org.uk/pdf/Birth%20to%20Five%20Service%20-%20Outdoor%20Provision%20Suggestions.PDF This one is useful as it gives a continuous provision list as well as an enhanced provision list.
Hth :)

jadavi
18-04-2011, 12:56 PM
Thanks - we have a smallish skinny garden so too narrow for a proper trampoline. We also have very good park amenities very close so maybe a swing or slide is not necessary. Ride on things would be tricky as we only have tussocky grass but then they could also be taken to the park to use on the tarmac I guess a sandpit is pretty essential plus I like the ides of a gazebo to cover messy play. I was thinking skates too for the park.:panic:
I noticed to day that the orrnamental large tiles that divide us from our neighbours have a cut out pattern that would be perfect for climbing .... so I'll have to put my thinking hat on about how to hide those!....

Jacko81
19-04-2011, 12:57 PM
The weather is lovely where i live today and i don't have a big garden but here are a list of things i have out for them today:
Sand tray
Water tray
Tent with books
tunnels
seesaw
swing
slide
little ride ons
veggy patch
table and chairs with paper and crayons
paint ots and brushes filled with water
easel and chalks

They play for ages going from one to another, i just bring the inside outdoors :)

jadavi
19-04-2011, 01:00 PM
Thanks really helpful. I am now advertising on my freecycle site to see if I can get any of this free...I am a keen free cycler and gave loads of this stuff away when the kids grew up so maybe karma wil bring it back round again ha ha

jac

caz3007
19-04-2011, 01:10 PM
I love freecycle. I got a canal system thing with locks and boats and put it up for the first time today, the children have loved it and played for ages with it