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Monday, April 2, 2012

Plans and the Play Yard

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I was totally excited to go out into the yard this morning and work.  The sun was shining - I opened the curtains and this is what I found....big change of plans! 
So I spent sometime doing some research finalized the changes I am making to the play yard - pictured below. 
(The date on my camera is off by one day - oops!  
We have 10 grandchildren, one is six and the rest are under four years old.  Most of them are boys and we have to have to have some more activities for them when they are here.

Here are a few of the ideas I am planning to do:

This is from www.thisoldhouse.com   I want to build a fort back in the right corner just behind the tires.

Next to it I want a square that is a nature square. This picture is from: www.progressiveearlychildhoodeducation.blogspot.com

Next to it, right behind the treehouse I am going to put a 4x8 piece of plywood with astro turf on it that the little boys can drive their trucks on.  I don't have a picture of it.

I want to add a chalkboard to the back fence. This picture is from: www.blogs.babble.com

I am going to add a sound wall with a thunder drum.  This pictures is from  www.progressiveearlychildhoodeducation.blogspot.com  I am going to move the fence forward on the right side and make the sound wall the fence on that front side.  It will be about 4 feet tall.

Both pictures above are from   www.parqueparabrincarepensar.blogspot.com. I want to add this tire climb to one of the openings in the tree house.

On the left side  I am pulling the fence out and this will be the side of that fence - a water wall - it will face out so the water doesn't go into the play yard and will be about 4 feet high.  This picture is from

I want to add a simplified version of this to the water wall that will just spray out when the hose is hooked up to it.

Where I pull the fence out, I am going to add this tire mountain - loe the bright colors and the fun the kids would have on this.

I already have a hopscotch in there - but I am going to let each of our g-kids decorate a block - this one is really fun - it is from www.nearlycivilized.ca

When it warms up a bit and I have the fence where I want it - I am gong to have all the little boys come over and help me paint - isn't this so great!

There are a few more ideas - I will take pictures as we begin the renovation.  

I told our 6 year old that when I finished the greenhouse we would start working on it.  Last week when I finished, he said to me, "So now we can start the new play yard right Mimi?"   How can you say no to that?!?!?!?

Thanks for stopping by!
Today I am grateful for new beginnings! 


Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

I love all the color and the sound, and I bet the grandkids will, too! Very neat ideas--can't wait to see them in your yard!

Jean said...

Lots of great ideas.

Beth said...

Hi Paula, The snow scene is beautiful but I imagine you are ready to get out and play in the garden and play yard. Your grandkids are lucky!
Happy Easter.

Rosa B. said...

Looks like a lot of fun! :) I'm sure my boys would love it! :)

Beth said...

What a great bunch of ideas - I love the painted picket fence. Can't wait to see what happens this Spring. You are going to create a Kid Haven!

Diann said...

Oh, these are some awesome outdoor fun things for the kids! I am coping a few of them into my inspiration file! Thank you so much for sharing them with us! I hope you and your fmaily have a happy and blessed Easter!

Darla said...

What a great Mimi you are!!! Love some of these ideas here.

Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

Your grandkids are going to love the new play yard! I know my kids would love those features. My favorites are the sound wall and the spray area. A local school has a small sound wall which the kids headed to whenever we went there for baseball practice.

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage said...

Wow, to have a play yard just for the grandkids - fun idea! I would've loved that at my grandmas. ;-)

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