I love my preschool setting. I've always felt extremely blessed to be here. I have so much freedom to do what I want. Except for one thing. Outdoor Play. Here is my setting: I work in a community center that is run by an HOA. I have one room in the community center to call my own. I can do what I want within those four walls. When we go out to the playground for recess I am greeted by beautiful new play equipment, grassy areas, sidewalks and a splash pad (gated). I know, I know, I should be grateful for all the beauty. I'm jealous (I know I shouldn't be) of schools that have gardens, wood working stations, outdoor art areas, big tires to climb in/out of, and these wonderful little fairy homes that I've seen on numerous blogs lately. I can't have any of that, at least not permanently. Residents of the community are open to this playground/park area at all times, so I'm limited.
I do my best with two rolling moon sand tables, a bin full of balls/parachutes/hula hoops/construction trucks, sidewalk chalk, paintbrushes/water buckets, and bubbles that I wheel in and out everyday. I once attempted a garden in a large pot, but visitors to the playground mixed up the soil and destroyed our plants. I even tried a storage shed, but some local hoodlums opened it up from the hinges and stole some of our toys.
So, with this, I am asking for suggestions, if you have any. I add new things here and there and the kids are always happy to play outside. But, it just seems like I could do so much more.
Thank you for listening to my pity party. I'll buck up now!