As mentioned in my previous post there have been many small yard projects I have tackled this summer. Several years ago we put our old claw foot tub in the yard – re-purposed as a fire pit. It was placed as a divider between the gravel area and the grass area but because of the rounded shape of the tub it didn’t really prevent the gravel from spilling over into the grass. Originally we just had a board that sat just inside the tub to prevent access to the soot and debris but it didn’t prevent rain from soaking the fire pit. Last year my husband made a cedar cover for the tub.
It drives me crazy that he didn’t arrange the different coloured boards to create a pattern but I do love the smell of cedar so I try to focus on that instead. The tub cover makes a great table for many of our group activities like this one;
However it doesn’t do anything to prevent the gravel from spilling over into the grass. So, this summer I placed some cinder blocks along the cribbing beside the tub. They line up with the edge of the cover and as an added bonus they make a great surface for chalk drawings;
There was another issue with the tree stumps too. The children often like to use the stumps as tables – nothing wrong with that but it did sometimes get in the way of the children who wanted to walk on the stumps. Some of the children also didn’t like to sit on the gravel beside their ‘table’ but had trouble finding suitable items to use for chairs.
As mentioned in my last post, this summer I rearranged the stumps to create a circular path around and over the hill. I also had my husband cut a couple of the smaller stumps in half. These were then put on the other side of the yard in front of the tipi along with one of the biggest stumps to create this;
Since ‘the table’ is not part of the stump path dramatic play ‘meals’ don’t get in the way of active play. Yes, sometimes the children do like to climb on these stumps too and sometimes they still use other stumps as tables but at least now they have more options and fewer disputes.