Creating Magical Spaces for Children…and Adults

Sometimes I like to take a break from farm work and build cool things for my kids.

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Yesterday morning was one such time. Taking a break from mid-summer’s chores in the market garden and orchard I grabbed my favourite materials – driftwood and number 8 wire – and started creating.

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My intent was to give the story circle a greater sense grandeur and mystery by surrounding it with gnarly driftwood poles.

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This is similar to what I did for the entrance to the playground two years ago.

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We recently expanded the story circle and planted sunflowers around it. Come February it will look really cool.

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What fun taking a break from growing food to release creative energy in a different way.

Here are some other examples of creative projects.

https://ecothriftylife.com/2015/12/17/creating-magical-moments-for-children-without-creating-rubbish/

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https://ecothriftylife.com/2018/07/01/plastic-free-playground/

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https://ecothriftylife.com/2017/01/04/backyard-driftwood-playground-wonderland/

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https://ecothriftylife.com/2017/02/25/a-living-willow-bridge/

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A much bigger project that has taken years to ‘build’ is the ‘nature play’ area along Purua Stream. It’s been 26 months since we finished fencing the stream and started planting the 2,000+ native trees, shrubs and grasses.

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The native plants are thriving and have created a cozy nook where children explore nature on their own terms.

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Children, teachers and parents can create lasting memories within this little ‘slice of heaven’ tucked along Purua Stream on Kaitiaki Farm.

 

Peace, Estwing

4 thoughts on “Creating Magical Spaces for Children…and Adults”

  1. I love it all. There really is something about creating little nooks & nests on your land whether big or small. Its inspiring to see only 16mnths & it looks amazing, we are almost at that planting phase, cant wait.

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