As I announced yesterday, Screen Free Week is Pimp My Patio Week in the Homeschooler household. I decided to dip my toes into our patio re-do by focusing on the visual aspects. Children love bold colors, rainbows. Our patio was nothing but grey and bleh. So here’s a few ideas for bringing color into an outdoor play space.
I made suncatchers using small clear plastic containers/lids, a rainbow of Sharpie markers, and some pony beads we had in our art stash.
Its frugal and LittleMan spent 30 minutes just sitting and admiring them today.
Magic Color Wands
Another idea made from clear plastic containers/lids and multiple colors of Sharpie markers. This time we paired them with a pipe cleaner and some wooden beads.
When you hold the magic color wand up to your eye, everything becomes the color of the wand you hold. Another idea that the kiddos just couldn’t seem to get enough of and we made it out of things we had just laying around the house.
We opted to store the wands in a basket with some pine cones and an interesting rock we collected while on a nature walk today.
We had been storing our chalk in its original container, unfortunately this set up was frustrating for everyone involved. All the chalk pieces had to be perfectly upright in order to fit so both LittleMan and SunnyGirl couldn’t seem to make the chalk fit back into the container after taking it out. End result, a pile of chalk which rolled off the container when moved around the patio, and two children frustrated everytime they had to dig to the bottom of the pile for a certain color.
To remedy this I divided our chalk stash into two, slightly larger caddies, with handles. Now the chalk doesn’t have to be perfectly upright to all fit and there is less chalk to riffle through to find the color they want.
What? Bubbles aren’t colorful you say? Well ours are. Possibly because I mixed Kool-Aid into them so they smell and look fantastic!
I wanted to make sure they had a “home” so the children would be more likely to remember to put them back at the end of the day, a simple basket from Dollar Tree does the trick well enough.
Be sure to check out all 7 days worth of outdoor play ideas in our Pimp My Patio Series!
Day 2- Music and Pretend Play
Day 3- Bugs and Birds
Day 4- Outdoor Games
Day 5- Mud Kitchen and Clean Up Station
Day 6- Hide-a-Ways and Sun Protection
Day 7- Gardening