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We build lots of cubbies here at kinder because our children LOVE places to call their own.

Special places created inside…

and out on the deck!

Hidey-holes under tables…

and covering everything.

canvas brollie

Open air places …

a quiet spot

under shady umbrellas.

Tarps over ‘A’ frames.

and areas under sheets.

Wrapped up in sheeting …

and built out of blocks …

Inside in corners …

or tucked behind the bushes.

As long as they can hide …

and have a secret place …

children will always LOVE cubbies!

A friend of ours did her Masters on children’s outdoor play spaces and she found that just about all the children she interviewed felt that a secret space was of utmost importance. So it’s really important we provide these spaces for our children.

Recently Donna obtained some bamboo and we immediately thought “Teepee!”

We found the bamboo really needed to be stuck into the ground somehow …

otherwise it just kept falling over.

So we popped it into our tractor tyre sandpit …

where it can be covered with a sheet …

or sticks …

or hides ….

and it’s been a real hit!

It’s always filled with little bodies.

and has become a lovely space for the children to gather …

and play …

and it’s ever so handy to our new pulley!


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12 Responses to “‘cubby’ fun”

  1. avatar Michelle says:

    What wonderful displays of secret places!! I haven’t even taken out the sheets yet this year to let the kids create their own spaces, I think I need to do that. We have taken out our “tents” that we use inside during the school year and the kids love them. Secret places at that age are so meaningful. I remember many a day creating and enjoying secret play spaces with my sisters.

  2. avatar Teacher Tom says:

    Love the teepee, Donna! I may not be able to wait until our own bamboo plantings are ready for harvest.

    We tend to be somewhat cubby deficient at Woodland Park. The kids occasionally build one from blocks, but nothing like the stuff you and others have going on. I’ll have to get to work on that . . .

  3. avatar jenny says:

    You just know I’m going to steal that bamboo cubby in a big tyre idea :)

  4. avatar SquiggleMum says:

    I love helping my kids, and watching my kids create secret spaces. My favourite secret cubbies are natural outdoor ones!

  5. avatar Ruth Bode says:

    How funky to construct it over a tyre and sand! Last year we made a bean teepee. It was a great hit. Now I am interested in creating a growing willow cubby….just have to find a spot…..

  6. avatar kristin says:

    yes!!! we make cubbies too and i realize quickly that all the children have squirreled themselves away.

  7. avatar Juliet says:

    I think the tractor tyre den is a lovely idea. I like the way you’ve illustrated this using different covers such as the straw role, sheets, etc. I’m about to blog about tyres and wondered if you would allow me to use one of your photos – full acknowledgement and link given.

  8. avatar admin says:

    Go for your life Juliet! :) :)


  9. [...] is quite simple construction. You can see how Donna and Sherry made this one at their fantastic Play Based Learning website. They cover it with sheets, bamboo screening, even animal hides; it’s all up to the kids and [...]


  10. Love the tractor tyre sandpit – we live next door to a farmer (so loads of old tyres) and have a huge pile of sand left over from building work this year and have neighbours with bamboo so going to make one for the veg garden so I can garden and they can play. Did you put anything underneath the sand – tarp or similar? Great blog!!!

    ::: Hi rae of sunshine and welcome on board! As for the tyre – NO we didn’t put anything on the bottom … just the ground! :) :)

  11. avatar nashab says:

    loved the ideas. i am hoping i can use some in my workplace… i work in childcare :)
    am sure children will love it. thanx :)

    ::: We’re sure the children in your care will love them too Nashab … Thanks for stopping by. :) :)


  12. Great post. We sell wooden cubby houses, however i just love these creative and simple cubby house solutions that you offer. It is also an awesome way to reuse materials and old bits and pieces around the home. Really great stuff, thanks!

    ::: Thanks Melynda. :) :)

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