Inspiring Outdoor Play Spaces – The Imagination Tree
Be inspired by these totally amazing ideas for outdoor play spaces, with dens, nooks, climbing structures, mud kitchens, imaginative small world play and more! The one-stop shop for finding play space inspiration for your backyard, garden or outdoor classroom!
Over on my Imagination Tree FB page I often share inspirational images and ideas for outdoor play and learning, as nature play and creativity is one of my biggest passions as both a teacher and educator. Not surprisingly, these ideas are so popular with all my readers and I’ve decided to round up the best ones into visual collections so that you can find them all in one places and refer back to them frequently when you need more ideas!
They’re being featured in photo collages with the links to the actual projects below each one.
56 incredibly inspiring outdoor play spaces for kids!
Firstly, let’s get inspired by these gorgeous outdoor cooking areas and mud kitchens! There are SO many of these around to be inspired by at the moment, but these particular ones caught my eye for being child-sized and natural in their set up. There are also some lovely storage baskets for displaying loose materials in easy distance.
Pallet kitchen and sink
Mud Pie Station
Cooking in the woods
Next let’s look at these amazing play structures! If only I had the space for some of these!
Climbing Wall Play House
Tree stump table and chairs
Amazing tree house
Dens, forts and nooks are amongst my absolute favourite type of outdoor playspace for kids! These are all wonderful and use a great range of materials. The sandpit in a boat is simply genius too, as is the natural climbing and sliding structure- perfect!
Sand Pit Boat
Natural climbing frame
Natural Reading Nook
Living Willow Den
Here are some more, similarly inspiring large play structures and dens.
Outdoor learning area
Natural puppet theatre
More wonderful features to add to the outdoor play and learning environments! How incredible is that boat and the puddle jumping! Perfection.
Hobbit play structure (amazing!)
Bridge for wheeled toys
Giant puddle jumping play
I would love to see every one of these in every outdoor classroom! Shallow streams are my kids absolute favourite place to play!
Shallow stream and bridge
Natural play structure
Natural loose parts and a mirror
And these are just irresistible little seating and small world play areas!
Tyre small worlds
Cable reel small worlds
Planter small world
Logs for cooking play
Log table and chairs
And these are some of the most inspiring ideas for diverse small world play I’ve seen! The ball chutes wall is awesome too for so many motor skills.
Train tracks in planters
Tree stumps and animals
Ball chute wall
Nature small world tray
And here are yet more fantastic mud kitchens, car ramps and free play spaces! Inspiring.
Upcycled spool table
Outdoor kitchen space
Loose parts in construction play
Lastly, how wonderful are these DIY additions to the backyard playspace?! Brilliant.
Shower curtain reading nooks
Up-cycled chairs for imaginative play
Construction site digging pit
And here are some fun ideas for outdoor play and learning from my own site right here too!
Construction site gravel pit
Dinosaur Sensory Garden
Make a play garden
Plant a vegetable garden together
DIY concoctions kitchen
Still not enough ideas?! Come and follow my Outdoor Play and Learning Pinterest Board too!
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See all our other outdoor play ideas here in the archives!
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