We've split this project into different smaller projects that you can adopt and work on to complete before August 20th, 2021. All of the items below may be built from treated wood and left unstained, or may be built from untreated wood and finished with a stain of your choice.
Small Garden Bridge: We envision a small footbridge and railing that the children can cross and use in various methods of play. An example and tutorial can be found HERE. Budget for this portion is: $200.
Outdoor Mud Kitchen: We would love to have two outdoor play kitchens constructed of wood for children to play with. Examples and tutorials are plentiful on the internet and we are not partial to only one example or design. A helpful example and tutorial can be found HERE. Budget for this portion is: $120/kitchen.
Outdoor Easel: We already have the Plexiglass for this project. We require the frame to be built for it. helpful example and tutorial for this project can be found HERE. Budget for this portion is: $100.
Children's Picnic Tables: We would love to have one or two small child-sized picnic tables for children to use for various play learning activities. An example and tutorial can be found HERE. Budget for this portion is: $70/table.
Outdoor Sensory Tables: Playing with natural materials such as sand can be facilitated well in an outdoor sensory table. We are looking for two tables. An example and tutorial can be found HERE. Budget for this portion is: $70.
Donations: We are also accepting donations of items that will be helpful and useful in our outdoor classroom such as stainless steel pots and pans (No Teflon coating please!), buckets, spades, landscape fabric, one or two wooden cable spools, and tree stumps of different heights and sizes. Feel free to drop off your donations at the church office Monday-Friday (9 a.m. - 12 noon).
If you would like to donate a pre-existing structure that fits the items above, we ask that you contact Pastor Ashley. ([email protected])
Items do not have to be constructed on site, however, you are welcome to construct them on site if you prefer. Please note that Trinity does not have saws and tools available on site. We would ask that you arrange a date and time with Pastor Ashley prior to arriving on site. Materials to construct each project may be reimbursed with receipts provided to Pastor Ashley ([email protected]). The requested deadline to have these projects moved into our outdoor classroom is August 20th, 2021. This allows us to have projects positioned in the classroom and set up ahead of a mandatory inspection by our health officer and licensing officer so the classroom can be approved to open for the Fall of 2021.
WHAT IS AN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM?
An outdoor classroom area provides a unique learning experience for children that is a change of scenery and pace from the indoor classroom and allows for children to engage in sensory play with outdoor natural materials. A successful outdoor classroom contains lots of moveable objects that children can manipulate and use for construction projects. Examples of natural moveable objects include sand, water, twigs, branches, logs and small tree stumps, pebbles, rocks and fallen leaves.
Prefabricated items such as buckets, spades, pieces of PVC pipe and fabric can also be used for children to use in their creative play. The idea is to provide the necessary tools for children to create objects formed in their imagination and to help them learn about the world around them.
Our Trinity Preschool Outdoor Classroom will be located directly south of the Trinity Preschool building and will be fenced in with a chain link fence and privacy strips. The classroom will have an entrance/exit gate opening onto the parking lot area and will be a very short distance from the Preschool classroom entrance. Our outdoor classroom will be split into different zones to encourage different forms of play similar to the diagram HERE. If you have items or materials you would like to donate to our outdoor classroom, please contact Pastor Ashley: [email protected]