|Re: Kids play area & structure||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Berrins (Berrinsaol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 21:30:44 -0700 (MST)|
In a message dated 1/24/01 7:26:08 PM, cjsheehan [at] juno.com writes: << Here at Sonora Cohousing in Tucson, Arizona we are in the final stages of construction. We have a small (25' X 50') space adjacent to the kid's room in the common house that has been designated for the outside play space and location for a play structure. The structure will probably be used by all kids but mostly the under 10 set, down to 2 years old (or younger); I have a few questions: 1. What kind of structure does your community have? a. Is it successful (kid's have lasting interest in it)? b. If no, what would you have done differently? 2. What types of outside play do the kid's of varying ages tend to do most? 3.. What is your kid's room like and how is it used? Jenny Sheehan Sonora Cohousing where we are sold out and all but one family have moved in. We do have two homes for rent (1- one bedroom, 650 sq. ft; 2- two bedroom, two bath, 1100 sq. ft. with a 550 sq. ft. basement). >> At Pathways we don't have a permanent spot yet, but last summer we put up a donated back yard-sized swingset in the middle of one of the three small commons. It was an instant kid magnet and a de facto hang out spot, especially when we put a picnic table nearby. 1) The swingset was one of those commercial wooden ones, with three spots to hang swings (interchangable swings; we have two plastic slings for older kids, two small children swings and a hanging bar with rings), a small tower with two slides off of it, a climbing rope ladder and monkey bars on top (swings hung from it, so it isn't usable when anyone is swinging). Kids up to 7 or so years old used it a lot, older kids not so much. LIttle ones are drawn to it like magic. 2) Other outdoor activites: If it rolls, a kid is on it. Expect any flat surface, especially if paved (or even better, if it has a little hill), to get used a lot for bike riding, roller blading, scooters, little kid trikes, whatever. We hope our playing field gets used a lot, but it wasn't ready until after it got cold (we all moved in just last year). The older boys (8-12 years old) did use it for soccer a few times. Oh, and dirt piles. Expect to see little yellow tractors and steam shovels on them. 3) The children's room was set up by some experienced day care folks and it shows. Its a great spot and is used a lot. Kids up to 7 or 8 years old use it during any Common House event and young families with little kids can be seen there pretty much every day during the day. It's set up to be usable as a legal day care center, although the parents of the younger kids haven't put together one yet. Meanwhile, we have a place for all those outgrown kids books and toys. Roger Berman Pathways Cohousing Northampton, MA
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