Currimundi Kindy

September 2013, approx 6 weeks to complete.

Twin tree houses was the brief. Connected by a clatter bridge. A fireman's pole and slide climbing walls were also added. 

The kindy had a large cotton tree that the children love to climb so we added a plank bridge from the tree house to the tree and built decks around existing trees. 

An existing pebble creek bed was extended and large sandstone rocks placed in a semi circle so that in winter the water play creek bed converted into a fire pit, perfect for those camp out evenings.

A special feature in this design was the addition of a meeting circle made with a ring of sand stone rocks. We put turf inside the circle to add a lush green space which is a magnet for lunches, storytime and play.

A weeping mulberry was planted delighting children and teachers alike, as did the colourful maple planted to remind Tracy of Canada.

 Meeting Circle

Meeting Circle

 Native Planting

Native Planting

 Twin Tree Houses

Twin Tree Houses

 Meeting Circle construction

Meeting Circle construction

 Bridges and connections

Bridges and connections

 Decks around existing tree

Decks around existing tree

 Climb walls, Rope bridges

Climb walls, Rope bridges

 Meeting circle becomes an outdoor classroom

Meeting circle becomes an outdoor classroom

Lindisfarne School Terranora

Lindisfarne Terranora  January 2014,  Approx 4 weeks to complete.

Strength, balance, endurance. Each component links with the next to extend the challenge.

We used climb walls, climbing nets, tyre traverse, curtain wall, overhead monkey bars,

Hand and foot traverse.

 

 Climb walls, Pommel walk, Nets and balance beams

Climb walls, Pommel walk, Nets and balance beams

The photo's below tell the story.

 Opening Day

Opening Day

 This is the result we like to see

This is the result we like to see

Lindisfarne Junior School Tweed Heads

LIndisfarne Tweed Heads, October 2013 Approx 4 weeks to complete. 

We had the pleasure of liaising with Kate to create challenge for Lindisfarne Junior School children. The idea was that the children could navigate the entire playground with out their feet ever having to touch the ground.

A tree house with a large climb wall, fireman's pole and rope climbs was central to the design. We added a vine bridge to a small deck built around a tree, which connected to a spiders web climb, a net bridge, dual foot traverse, wobble bridge, ring traverse, hi-low tightropes and a monkey bar.

These elements were constructed in amongst the existing trees. We added sandstone stepping blocks and planting to enhance the natural setting even more.

 In amongst the Trees

In amongst the Trees

Borilla Community Kindergarten Emerald

Borilla Kindergarten, September 2013, Approx 3 weeks to complete.

We want a fort. It has to have a slide and a fireman's pole! That was the brief from the children at Borilla Community Kindergarten.

We had the pleasure of working with Jenny the Director who had a few ideas of her own. Could our fort have a skillion roof? We would really like a deck around our tree, is that possible? We would also like a tunnel climb under our Fort? Can we possibly have a wobbly bridge connecting the deck to the Fort? The answer was YES to everything.

One of the connecting bridges between the decks had a last minute change of direction. Why don't we make it a Barrel tunnel instead of a plank walk?  Jenny loved the idea and so do the children. We love these innovations, it makes each job an original.

 Skillion Roofed Fort

Skillion Roofed Fort

 Tunnel Climb

Tunnel Climb

 Plank Bridge to Deck with existing tree

Plank Bridge to Deck with existing tree

 Tunnels under the Fort

Tunnels under the Fort

Retro St Kindy, Emerald QLD

Retro Street Kindergarten, May 2013, Approx 8 weeks to complete.

Having worked with Kay the Director and Julie the Head Teacher at Emerald Community Kindergarten before, we knew we were in for a treat the second time around.

Earlier we had built a tree house and a butterfly house at their kindergarten and really enjoyed the project. So when we were asked if we could build them a trio of pits, tree house style we were hooked. We were very excited to be working with Kay and Julie they had certainly done their research. We had a very clear idea of the direction they wanted to go, but they were also flexible about how those ideas could be implemented.

So the design was put together to include: a double roofed tree house sand pit, a single roofed tree dirt pit and a single roofed tree mud pit. They were all going to have sandstone boulder surrounds.

Simple right?

Lets add to that brief with a custom-made sandstone watercourse, water tanks, you can't have a fab watercourse with out water. A huge deck, secret corner, chicken palace, musical play area, butterfly artworks, hand water pump and of course every mud pit requires a sandstone hippo wallow and hippo called Owen.

Every day on this project had it all. Challenges, lots and lots of laughter, problem solving blood sweat and tears, well maybe not blood or tears but lots of sweat.

Kym and I are very proud to have worked on this project. Thank you girls.

 Double Roofed Sand-Pit

Double Roofed Sand-Pit

 Chook Palace

Chook Palace

 Sandstone Path

Sandstone Path

 A Trio of Pits, Sand, Dirt, Mud

A Trio of Pits, Sand, Dirt, Mud

 A Trio of decks, if you have room for 3 decks then you have roomful a tee-pee village!!

A Trio of decks, if you have room for 3 decks then you have roomful a tee-pee village!!

 Who says you can't have a butterfly and frog  garden

Who says you can't have a butterfly and frog  garden

 the  SAND pit connects to the  DIRT pit, the dirt pit connects to the MUD  pit.

the  SAND pit connects to the  DIRT pit, the dirt pit connects to the MUD  pit.

 What could you teach here?

What could you teach here?