Outside Play Set Up on a Budget.

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I would love to share with you our patio outside set up for play on a budget. A free open-ended play is one of the most essential aspects of the child’s growth and development. They take control over their discoveries, they learn to transform into reality their thoughts and their dreams through their environment. Everything I do for my child at home is driven by principals of the Montessori philosophy. I also get an incredible amount of inspiration from Reggio pedagogy. I created this outside open-ended play set up with a few goals in mind:

– encourage my child to spend more time outside
– create space that reflects her interests
– nature driven and centred
– allows messy play
– encourages open-ended play
– easy to set up
Majority of our outside play set up materials are the second-hand find. Here is what we’ve got:
– activity table: play-dough, craft, drawing, puzzles, etc.
– reading corner with a reading nook
– blanket for play with LEGO / soft toys/dress ups
– nature play area
– sensory/sand/water play area with a wooden garden bed transferred into a sand pit area.
– easel for painting and drawing




It is also very important to encourage the child to do gross motor activities. We do that on a 0 budget at a park. To read more about gross motor activities in nature hop here.
 I hope you were inspired!

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8 thoughts on “Outside Play Set Up on a Budget.”

  1. This is beautiful! I love your setup so much, especially that reading area! It makes me so excited to move to our new home, to set up an area like this ๐Ÿ™‚ We have a water/sand table that we got towards the end of summer, but didn't have a chance to use that much yet. I really like how you put yours in a sand pit, too. I'll have to convince my hubby to build us one! We have our easel indoors at the moment, but I'll certainly be bringing that out next summer. Never thought to do that before.

  2. This is so beautiful! How do you protect these things from being damaged? Bring the books and easel inside every night? Thanks!

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