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Stimulate your child’s imagination and creativity with an exciting play area where they can escape the digital world and enjoy the outdoors.

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1. GOING UP

PLAY AREAS - UPSTAIRS

This garden designed by Karen Gardelli features a pretty double-storey playhouse built by Benny’s Creative Woodworkz. Set among the trees, it has a storeroom below and a play area above with a balcony through which a wild olive is growing. There’s even a slide for quick escapes.

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2. MIAMI NICE

PLAY AREAS - MIAMI NICE

When Hannah and David Little renovated their back garden and pool, a play area for their daughter Erin was very much top of mind. This miniature caravan from Mallybongwe Designs was the solution. A hip alternative to a traditional Wendy house, it nestles in a corner of the garden and provides Erin with hours of fun in all weather.

3. TREE CHEERS

PLAY AREAS - TREE CHEERS

A ramp with a knotted rope and a climbing wall provide access to this treehouse set between big trees. Underneath is a sandpit with a wooden cover and a spiral slide adds another fun element. Artificial grass in two colours and textures was laid by Southwest Greens to give a path effect. Structure built by Benny’s Creative Woodworkz.

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4. GIRL TALK

PLAY AREAS - GIRL TALK

This miniature house built by Benny’s Creative Woodworkz was painted in pale pink and mint as requested by the little girl who hosts tea parties there. Landscaper Karen Gardelli finished it off with a pretty flower bed.

5. HIGH ADVENTURE

Built by the owners for their grandchildren, this innovative playground includes stuctures made from treated wood. It’s accessed by ladders and climbing walls and balustrades were added for safety. As grass doesn’t do well under the trees, artificial lawn was installed by Southwest Greens. It was designed by Karen Gardelli and made by Benny’s Creative Woodworkz.

Add something extra

  • Encourage children to start gardening with a small herb garden like this one where they can touch and smell fragrant plants. Make it more attractive with a pencil fence.
  • Nest swings like this one from Benny’s Creative Woodworkz can accommodate more than one child at a time.
  • Teach children about nature with a bug hotel built from pallets, straw and pieces of wood.
Sources:

SOURCES Benny’s Creative Woodworkz bcwplayhouses.co.za Karen Gardelli [email protected] or 082 745 2891 Mallybongwe Designs 084 928 5232 Southwest Greens southwestgreens.co.za

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