Inspirational Outdoor Spaces

With birds finally chirping, sun finally shining, and snow finally melted, I'm starting to think about outdoor spaces! My own backyard is a bit of a mess, but I'm already thinking about how I can transform it into a learning space for my son, who has just begun to crawl (!) and will be walking in a matter of months (maybe weeks). Here are some wonderful outdoor spaces designed with the child in mind. Happy Spring!

This setup is for older children (3s, 4s, and 5s, I would imagine), but it's inspiring nonetheless. I see water play, a clothes washing activity, and a mirror hung on the fence! 

This setup is for older children (3s, 4s, and 5s, I would imagine), but it's inspiring nonetheless. I see water play, a clothes washing activity, and a mirror hung on the fence! 

This is so simple and beautiful. The family deck has been made safe and appealing for this crawling baby, with soft mats and some of her toys. This is a lovely example of a Montessori home environment, since the child has access to all family areas, rather than being gated away.

Mazes are common in Montessori classrooms because they foster coordination, concentration, and a sense of peacefulness. This large-scale one would offer hours of practice and play, and could be put together easily in a backyard. 

Mazes are common in Montessori classrooms because they foster coordination, concentration, and a sense of peacefulness. This large-scale one would offer hours of practice and play, and could be put together easily in a backyard. 

PS. For more outdoor inspiration, take a look at my Pinterest board.

PPS. If you're interested, read more about well designed outdoor spaces here.