Imaginative Play: Paver Roads

A few years ago, I put together a rock play garden for my son.  I found cheap pavers and we decorated them and used them as a garden border.  I noticed the kids often used the pavers in little backyard games they made up, and I made a note to buy more (they are really cheap!).  

We don’t have room for a sandpit but my son, especially, loves the sand and he often comes home from school with shoes full of it! We created a simple sand play tray (which you can read about here) and extended that by making paver roads. The kids loved it! So fun! So easy too!

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

Materials

  • Pavers (I purchased 14)

(you can buy black or white pavers from Bunnings and places like that from about 60 cents each).

  • Paint pen (or for something less permanent, just you chalk and it washes off)

(I used white or if you have white pavers, use black)

Paver roads for play

Drawing the roads

Forming the roads was a simple process of drawing a dotted line through the centre of the pavers. We allocated a few bricks to be corners and did right angle lines to connect (or do double sided bricks: one side with straight lines and the other with corner lines).

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

Play

We added a few trucks and rocks. That’s it!

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

Pack up

The good thing about the pavers is you can move them wherever you want: on grass, on concrete or as a border to a play garden. This took me 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to pack up.  When packing up, I placed the bricks up against the house and the underbed storage container comes with a lid which is handy for keeping the sand clean.

More

Wood Roads

Construction Sand Box

Rock Play Garden

Imaginative Play Scenes

DIY Play Tablecloth

Box City Scene

8 Awesome Things about Turf

what turf loves tips for turfMeet Mr Turf

1. Turf Loves Cooling

 The temperature on a green lawn in mid summer is, 10oC less than bare soil, 20oC less than asphalt, concrete or pebble mulch and 40oC less than synthetic turf.

2. Turf Loves Exercise

When used in open greenspaces Turf allows for healthy communities and helps tackle health problems such as obesity.

3. Turf Loves Stopping Erosion

Turf also filters runoff water and traps pollutants before they get to Australia’s rivers and streams, destroying natural vegetation and fragile ecosystems.

 4. Turf Loves Lowering Emissions

 Turf is a natural air conditioner and the average size lawn produces the same cooling effect as 9 tonnes of air conditioning (enough for two houses).

 5. Turf Loves Being a Natural Product

 If cared for Turf does not need to be replaced like synthetic turf. Studies have now proven synthetic turf contains unacceptable levels of lead used in the colouring process and are often 10 times the recommended amount.

6. Turf Loves Making Oxygen

With an average home garden giving off more than enough to replace what a family uses each day.

7. Turf Loves Being Adaptable

There are five key varieties to choose from that suit every application across our great nation.

8. Turf Loves Using Less Water

Turf does not need potable water, it can use for home grey water or tank water and survive on less water than you think.

Why Artificial Rurf Doesn’t Measure Up

  • It get VERYT hot in the sun
  • It breeds bacteria
  • It doesn’t break down
  • You need to use chemicals to wash and care for it
  • Difficult to repair
  • It’s unnatural and not helpful for the environment

About The Author

Tony is a second generation turf farmer, after his parents, who started the farm in the early 80’s. Originally a carpenter by trade, Tony then ran his own bobcat hire and landscaping business before becoming involved in Caboolture Turf in 2003.

Since joining the farm, Tony has been recognized with the Federal Governments, Young Rural Leaders Scheme which selects  30 of the best under 30-year-old rural leaders to spend a week in Canberra. He has also been President of QLD Turf Producers Association, a director of Turf Australia and the Australian Centre for Lifestyle Horticulture. Tony still sits on the Turf Australia Marketing Committee and Industry Advisory Council board for Turf Australia.