Affordable Settings and Elements: Ideas for Cost Effective Solutions

From tree logs to gardens, programs may use easy-to-find materials to naturalize and enhance children's outdoor play spaces. The following article offers Head Start directors and teachers cost-effective solutions for enriching children's play environments.

Children playing in the dirtBringing significant change to a play environment does not require endless resources. With a few easy-to-find materials and willing volunteers, many settings and elements can be created to greatly improve children's spaces. A fallen tree, cut into log segments, can become seats or an edge for a sand play area. Bamboo poles and some green bean seeds can form an almost instant teepee. This document provides examples of how creative problem solving and resourcefulness can provide cost effective ways to enrich early childhood outdoor spaces. Select Affordable Settings and Elements: Ideas for Cost Effective Solutions for the full document. [PDF, 1.9MB]

Affordable Settings and Elements: Ideas for Cost Effective Solutions. Natural Learning Initiative. n.d. English. [PDF, 1.9MB].

Last Reviewed: June 2014

Last Updated: November 13, 2014