Thursday, September 22, 2011

nature's toys for the backyard

I've had my eye out for cut logs sitting on the side of the road for what seems like an eternity and yesterday Lady Luck was finally with us! Chancing the fact that I looked like a total lunatic heaving these gigantic sawed tree trunks into the boot of our Golf while two children sat staring in their carseats, I loaded up and drove off more excited than North will ever be about these versatile logs. 

They can be chairs, tables, rolled on their sides for benches, balancing beams, toadstools from which to hop to and fro, the beginnings of a house or as in the case this morning- a bustling restaurant kitchen. My little head chef and sous chef cooked up a flowering feast!

This weekend we will continue peeling the bark back and then sand around the tops and edges. I don't think I will wedge them into the ground because I like that North can use some brute strength to roll them onto their sides. Burns off that masculine energy (you know what I'm talking about mothers of boys!).

Thanks (again!) to Tricia for introducing me to this concept months ago.


Luisa said...

Top effort! Great idea, too.
I remember 'thrifting' one last year and using it to put a bird seed tray on.

Tricia said...

Yay!!! I'm so glad you finally found some stumps. Isn't it lovely to find something you've been searching for for a long time. So much more exciting than deciding you want something and then heading out and buying it.

We've been getting so much use out of ours so I know you will love them.

It looks like yours are paperbark? The bark is great for craft. You can paint on large sheets like paper and use smaller pieces to make a collage. I used to love making paperbark collages when I was young and have been meaning to make some with Little Eco for ages. Enjoy.

Megan.K. said...

I'm on the look out too for tree stumps for my kids. Your little ones look pretty happy with theirs!
Such a simple and effective play idea.

Catherine Lowe said...

yipeee! North looks to be loving them! I wrangled a girlfriend into collecting some in rivers little yellow wagon a while back - but his not really shown much interested.
apart from a hop skip & a jump, but only when assisted.
im really struggling to get this little guy to play solo - help!
maybe i need to set him up, & sit back with a book???

Bess said...

This is BRILLIANT! I would have never thought of this, I'm so glad you shared! :)

kristi said...

YAY for street finds. x.

Lily boot said...

Fabulous! I especially love thinking of them toadstools :-). I've been seeing some around lately and wondering what I could do with them. I think we might need some for our backyard drinks and books. Lovely!

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