Ewan and I went to visit our friends Hugh and Colleen this week and found this inspiring play area with a backdrop of Launceston to boot. Set on the most gorgeous built in verandah, Colleen has made Hugh a outdoor play area which is still within eyes view of the kitchen. She flings open the bi folding doors and Hugh can play happily whilst she gets on with something in the kitchen. Genius!
I love a great idea and I just couldn't get over the "pretend grass", such a fun idea for the kids and nice and soft if there is a bit of a tumble. Colleen is also a fellow thrifty type and has restored the wooden blackboard which was acquired off a family member. She also informed me that most of the toys are second hand pick ups or hand me downs. I love this as it's not only good for your hip pocket, it reduces the amount of plastic toys which go into landfill each year.
Ewan is sitting under the kitchen table which Colleen has so cleverly made into a cubby house with just a bit of fabric and a few hours on the sewing machine. The table is actually inside the house but becomes part of the play area when the bi folding doors are opened up.
Removable wall stickers add a bit of colour and can be changed around at a later time if they want without ruining the paint.
Love the wooden train!
Ewan was in heaven and has been asking me for a play area just like this one ever since (if he could speak I know that's what he'd be saying!) I am completely blown away with the idea so I'm going to steal it and make my own version.
We don't have a lovely secure verandah like this one so I might buy a cheap secondhand playpen off Gumtree, put the pretend grass in the bottom and put it outside on the deck under the undercover area. It will be a great place to play when the weather is wet and we're sick of being stuck inside. Thanks Hugh and Colleen for the fun play time and your inspiring ideas!