Our balcony has become our new play space. Outdoor play spaces, I think are just as valuable as having a decent place to play inside.
Since we have moved to a flat , Meemoo and Pook have a small balcony to play, which is not quiet the same as having a garden to run freely in when you are 3 storeys high!
Rethinking our outdoor play
Having a balcony and being three storeys high meant I rethink of how Meemoo and Pook would play outside. What exactly could they do safely in the space? How would we make the space safe?
How we created a safe balcony play space?
The first concern being so high in the sky is safety. Our balcony had railings but they were not safe enough. It was too easy to throw toys threw the bars or climb up them. The first thing we did was to buy some safety barrier in a lovely shade of green.
Our balcony also has a large section of wall that protruded into the space. The safest way to manage this risk , was by buying the biggest plant pot that would fit in the space. There is no space left to climb and it is too heavy for the girls to move.
Lastly in an effort to deter Meemoo from climbing I ensured we bough folding furniture that would not be left out as a climbing temptation.
How do we use our new balcony play space?
With a little space, I have managed to squeeze in many different play opportunities.
Meemoo and Pook adore playing in their house, which fits perfectly in the space. It allows them to continue their many role play games from inside and does not stop their game. ( Yes it does mean toys are dribbled from one of my flat to the other!)
Water play is floor based with our new waterways toy. It is a wonderful toy for exploration of how water flows and moves. We also have a small paddling pool, just big enough for the two of them to get in and cool down!
We no longer have our mud kitchen but we have in miniature a small box of natural objects to explore.
Perhaps one of my favourite things is our new painting easels. It was easily made from an old cardboard box and some pegs use to attach it to the fence. Meemoo and Pook had a great time painting. I cant wait to set it up again when the weather is dry.
Amazingly this all fits, with space still for a little running and perhaps more importantly for my table and chair to sit at and drink tea while they are playing outside.
How do you use your outdoor space? What is your children’s favourite thing to play with?