Coming Soon: Strathpine C&K Daycare Centre April/May 2017

Natural Natural Natural. That is the request from Strathpine C&K Daycare Centre.

We are using lots of timber, stone, water, sand a lovely sensory path that connects the building to the playground. We have climbing and rolling swinging and a tee-pee. Just wait and see..

The land before we start to construct the natural playground.

They are some might big logs, what are they for? 

 We are nearly there!!! and its looking magnificent.

We are nearly there!!! and its looking magnificent.

 Climbing high with Hand and Foot Ropes

Climbing high with Hand and Foot Ropes

 A hand water pump that leads through a dry creek to a mud-pit. 

A hand water pump that leads through a dry creek to a mud-pit. 

Clermont Toddlers and Kindy Play-space Dec-Jan 2016/17

It was the time for the Toddlers to have their play space re inspired. Tired and very old a complete revamp was taken on and the results were amazing. Take a look at the before and after photos to see if you agree.

Clermont daycare pre-make over.

The swings in the Toddler play-space before the make over.

IMG_0424.JPG

Sand -pit in the Kindy play-space before make over.

Kindy 2016-205.jpg

New swings, new Sand and Mud pit. Sandstone Timber Water done and dusted.

One new play fort with a enclosed net tunnel and slide.

16735956_10206519067135469_1822844425_n.jpg

 New crooked play house

Now that is some choices.  Not shown but we also added a sensory path a bridge lots of new turf and plants. The kindy had the fence re painted and wow its a beautiful space to spend time.

Timber Tots Daycare transformation.

The old Timber Mill before work commenced. The owners had vision and determination the results are amazing.

They asked us to build them a playground that the children would love.

 After :  Forts, sandpits, recycled timber watercourse. 

 From a double slide on a mound to a recycled timber storage shed for the sand-pit.

From a double slide on a mound to a recycled timber storage shed for the sand-pit.

 Jetty, dry creek bed and a boat, heaven.

Jetty, dry creek bed and a boat, heaven.

 Sensory path/ bike track 

Sensory path/ bike track 

 Recycled timber from the old mill turned into a watercourse.

Recycled timber from the old mill turned into a watercourse.

 Under the sand-pit roof you must have a family of lady beetles. 

Under the sand-pit roof you must have a family of lady beetles. 

Sarina Community Kindergarten

The Kindergarten is located across the road from the train line and the children love to wave to the drivers and play trains. So the girls at Sarina Kindy asked us to build a timber train with a carriage.  So we made one that included a tunnel to climb through and a clatter bridge to connect the engine to the carriage. Lots of ways in and out, up and down.

 The play space before the construction of the train.

The play space before the construction of the train.

 From the back you can climb up the ramp and into the carriage.

From the back you can climb up the ramp and into the carriage.

Here It is: Mango Tree House

 A Sandgate Primary School Picked a huge Mango Tree and they want a Tree House built in and around the tree, we can't wait for the children to see what we will have for them on the first day of school 2016... They will climb up and over through a net tunnel or down a tunnel slide... super duper awesome.

Below is a  preposed sketch drawn by Artist Sara Perez, however the Tree will dictate the final design.

Why don't you nominate a tree to build around?

IMG_3601.JPG
IMG_3600.JPG
IMG_3599.JPG

Caboolture C&K Kindergarten Dec 2015

Natural Tree Balance Climb and Water-play were the order of the day at Caboolture C&K Kindergarten. 

 Hand water pump that recycles the water in an underground storage tank and a handy log seat for casting your fishing rod into the shallow pond.

Hand water pump that recycles the water in an underground storage tank and a handy log seat for casting your fishing rod into the shallow pond.

 Natural Log Balance Climb was a must have in this Kindy

Natural Log Balance Climb was a must have in this Kindy

 Craned into place, debarked and sanded and coated, ready for play

Craned into place, debarked and sanded and coated, ready for play

Ipswich Community Kindergarten

We meet Lynette at the Lady Gowrie Conference in Brisbane where we had an exhibit. Lynette had a sad tale to tell when they engaged someone to work on their playground who had no idea about Australian Playground standards and did not deliver on the brief. It had to be addressed. We went out to see the play space and saw that it could be amazing. 

A large tree that nothing would grow around and was on a fairly steep slope cried out for multi level decks allowing safe access to the lower level.

Before

 Before the decks went in...

Before the decks went in...

IMG_2938.JPG

The next challenge was taking out some giant sand stone blocks from the Dirt-pit and re purposing them along side a new timber pathway. We brought in some natural sandstone boulders for the dirt-pit and added a watercourse to the dry creek bed and a lovely sandstone carved bowl to catch the water. Now it all works. 

IMG_2938.JPG

In the tall circle of trees already existing we added an inner circle of boulders to make a meeting circle. We will fill the middle with large pebbles so that in winter it can be used as a family fire-pit.

Moving along Lynette and her kindy staff loved the idea of a sensory path weaving between the trees and ending in a secret corner with music. This was a delight to work on. 

 Before the sensory path. 

Before the sensory path. 

 Its starting to take shape

Its starting to take shape

 texture, colour and a ribbon to follow

texture, colour and a ribbon to follow

 Artist doing his magic

Artist doing his magic


Ahoy Birralee Childcare, Mackay QLD

From Possum Pods to Pirate ships, This month we spent our time building a Pirate Ship in Mackay for a Childcare centre. How much fun is that... It had to have a Walk the Plank and a Fishing net, not forgetting the Ships wheel and bell and just for fun a slide as you do..

If you like this check out Retro Street Emerald

IMG_2419.jpg
 all ahoy

all ahoy

Launch of The Possum Pod

The Launch of our Possum Pod at the C&K Conference in May was so well received we couldn't help but be delighted. The aim was to provide a secret place for the children to huddle and yet not limit their imagination.  Compact, but like the Tardus once inside the children can stand up easily, we though perhaps 3 or 4 kids at a time but WE WERE WRONG, at the conference we had easily 6 children playing with Dinosaurs altogether WOW. Mums and Dads also got in on the act, so many photo opportunities but we don't take photos of children to respect privacy so we will just show you the pod itself.

 Possum Pod

Possum Pod

 Woven Bush Vine Create that connected to nature feel but also adds a snippet of whimsy...

Woven Bush Vine Create that connected to nature feel but also adds a snippet of whimsy...

 Put me amongst your bush tucker garden or hide me in your fairy garden

Put me amongst your bush tucker garden or hide me in your fairy garden

Biloela Kindy, New Swing and Water Course and Dry Creek Renovation2

26th March, 2015

We made the trip out to visit Michelle the director at Biloela Kindy to see if we could revamp the Water Course, Take away the ancient swing frame and replace it with something strong and that would provide ample shade.  After looking at the site and chatting to Michelle to see what her wish list would include. We came up with a plan.

 

This is the result:

 

 New Swing With Shade

New Swing With Shade

 The new Dry Creek Bed

The new Dry Creek Bed

 Old Dry Creek Bed

Old Dry Creek Bed

 Old Swing Frame

Old Swing Frame

 Old Water Course, Which you couldn't float anything down

Old Water Course, Which you couldn't float anything down

 New Water Course

New Water Course

 New Water Course

New Water Course

West End Storm Repair

After The big hail storm in Brisbane in January West End State School had a problem with a very big tree that fell down, Not wanting to waste this magnificent tree we were able to re purpose the fallen trunk into the existing play space. The out come was amazing, the children love the challenge of connecting from one space to the next.

 A magnificent Tree could not go to waste

A magnificent Tree could not go to waste

Children @ Bay Terrace

Children @ Bay Terrace in Wynnum have just had stage 1 of their new playground development completed. The Tree House.

To make sure the play area has a unified and integrated  style that encourages children to move from one play element to another, Bex the director and Kym and Carol from Nature Inspired Playgrounds have designed 4 stages that over time will create a fabulous fun and challenging environment for children 18 months to 5 years old. Stage 1.  was a 3 levelled Tree house with room under for infant play. We are looking forward to stage two with Sandpits and Water...

 

 With little ones from 18months old each level had to deliver fun.

With little ones from 18months old each level had to deliver fun.

 We can make music

We can make music

 Two sides to this climb wall 1 easier, 1 a little more challenging

Two sides to this climb wall 1 easier, 1 a little more challenging

 Climb net for Juniors, Mambo Drums 

Climb net for Juniors, Mambo Drums 

 Did some one say Fire

Did some one say Fire

 Outdoor Mambo Drum

Outdoor Mambo Drum

Gayndah C@K Kindergarten

September 2014, 

Marni the director at Gayndah Kindergarten wanted to transform the large area at the back of their kindy into a nature path with a Log Tee-Pee, Log Tunnel, Bridge with tree branch rails.  In addition we added a Sandstone Meeting Circle with Olive Trees planted around the outside of the circle that will add natural shade and a lovely place to have outdoor fun. A new Sandstone Watercourse now connects the topped up Sandpit and the Digging pit. The old Play Unit also needed an update so the area was enlarged and additional Soft-fall bark was brought in, a new Barrel Tunnel was added. A coat of Paint and some new Decking and Guard Rails and the play unit is ready for more serious fun.  What was awesome was catching up with Marnie at the C&K conference in 2015, We have become like family, like so many of our clients it ends up just going beyond and that what we love.

 Natural Log Tee-Pee

Natural Log Tee-Pee

 bridge with natural branches for rails

bridge with natural branches for rails

 Natural Log Tunnel

Natural Log Tunnel

 Sandstone meeting circle with a ring of Olive trees

Sandstone meeting circle with a ring of Olive trees

 Sandstone watercourse now connects the sandpit and digging pit

Sandstone watercourse now connects the sandpit and digging pit

 New deck,storage, mini climb wall, blackboards  and water tank  update the topped up sandpit

New deck,storage, mini climb wall, blackboards  and water tank  update the topped up sandpit

 Mackenzie gives the new climb ramp a workout.

Mackenzie gives the new climb ramp a workout.

 Mackie and sister Syd  ready to play

Mackie and sister Syd  ready to play

 water play

water play

 Before in the back yard at the kindy

Before in the back yard at the kindy

 Sandpit and digging pit before

Sandpit and digging pit before

Play Towers

Tall and Narrow, Crooked and Bent. All you need to provide a environment for the imagination to run wild.

 Beach Towers

Beach Towers

IMG_0473.jpg
IMG_0481.jpg
 Jungle tower

Jungle tower

IMG_0103.JPG
 Tower Bridge Concept design,....     Bridges, Paths and sculptures

Tower Bridge Concept design,....   Bridges, Paths and sculptures

Canterbury College Kindergarten

Canterbury College Kindergarten, July 2014, approx 8 weeks to complete

Design by Prue Walsh, Play Environment Consulting

Built by: Nature inspired Playgrounds

 PLAY FORT

PLAY FORT

 GATEWAY WITH PLANTER

GATEWAY WITH PLANTER

 SENSORY WALL

SENSORY WALL

 MULTIPLE  ACCESS TO LOWER LEVEL VIA RAMP, TYRE CLIMB, SLIDE

MULTIPLE  ACCESS TO LOWER LEVEL VIA RAMP, TYRE CLIMB, SLIDE

 GAZEBO

GAZEBO

 SEATING

SEATING

 TWO SETS OF SWINGS, ONE TYRE AND TWO SWING SEATS

TWO SETS OF SWINGS, ONE TYRE AND TWO SWING SEATS

Ashgrove Memorial Kindergarten

Ashgrove Memorial Kindergarten: December 2013 Approx 5 weeks to complete.

The love of children's secret spaces inspired us to build a Cubby Cave at the top of a slope.  We used sandstone, timber and logs to create a nature inspired theme.

Large logs were brought in to make a log climb to clamber over. A huge success!

 Log climb

Log climb

 Cubby cave

Cubby cave