Created by Ebenezer’s teachers in partnership with Design4Kids, and constructed by Plant Associates, the new playground highlights nature while offering a lot of opportunities for exploring, learning and having fun! The area is divided into two parts, an enclosed infant/toddler yard and a larger enclosed pre-school area.
According to Gerry Slater, owner of Design4Kids, “The infant-toddler yard features a play fence that provides opportunities to explore textures, sounds, shapes, colors, reflections of self as well as support for standing and beginning to walk. We also incorporated into the space clear two-sided easels used as separation, to paint on and to view the other children through them.
“In addition, the infant-toddler area includes a log cabin play house, a small sand play space, a water-sensory table, a climber for learning to climb, a slide, and a rubber safety surface for ease in walking or crawling.”
Older children can access the preschool area through a natural wood shade-maker pergola. Once inside, they will find a grass covered hill topped by a play tower and hill slide. Slater says the area also includes music play panels, a circular trike path, a sand play pit, a gathering circle of stump seats, a reading-gathering-dramatic play gazebo connected with a moving bridge, a special tepee-arbor space, a dirt dig pit, water-sensory tables, a raised garden and shade canopy. Three trees and a variety of other plants have also been added to the yard.
“We are so excited about this new area,” said Dawn Shipley, Center Coordinator for Ebenezer’s Wauwatosa Child Care Center. “Our children are sure to have a blast exploring all that it has to offer and using their imaginations to enhance this natural play environment. We’d like to thank Design4Kids and Plant Associates for their hard work. It is much appreciated!”