A peek inside a readers play space…
Our little one just turns 2. We have always wanted to give her more space to play freely that involves her five senses. It is hard to do indoor with little space. We live in a 900 square fit cottage. There is not enough space for an indoor play kitchen or permanent space for a hide out.
We started making an outdoor play area for her last year at the side of our cottage after some research online. We first built a sand area with some eucalyptus wood stumps that her grandpa collected for her 1st birthday. We decorated the sand area with thrifted objects and low watering plants and some edible herbs. This year we extend that space to include a hide-out, water and sound elements. We finally completed the play yard just in time for Summer and for her 2nd birthday. The play yard now consists of a bamboo teepee (Eiya calls it her casita) and an outdoor kitchen.
Our little one has been enjoying her “Casita and Cocinita” (little House and kitchen in Spanish). She has been cooking, making tea with chamomile from out garden and singing birthday songs for the little frog planter in her space. It is very satisfying to watch her interact with her space. Seeing her imagination unfolds and transferring what she experienced in real life into pretend play.
Thank you so much to Sheau for sharing Eiya’s wonderful outdoor play space with us.
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