Primary pathways can be constructed of concrete, fine crushed stone or mulch. Each option has its benefits.
Infants and toddlers have different needs and abilities and there are various pathway options based on those needs and abilities.
Natural materials afford an array of open-ended play opportunities. Some playscapes are rich with natural materials, while others may need to have natural materials to be gathered and brought in.
Tree cookies are simple, affordable, and effective solutions for defining paths and providing versatile play props in a naturalized outdoor learning environment.
Stepping stones are an effective and durable material used for creating pathways. They can be installed linearly to create secondary pathways or used enmasss to create patios or sensory gardens.
Pathways can be installed either on top of the existing ground surface or by excavating below the ground surface and installing the pathway material in the resulting broad, shallow trench. Two of the most common pathway materials (apart from concrete) are fine crushed stone and mulch. Installation is described below.
Is pressure treated wood acceptable for use in an outdoor learning environment? The NLI is often asked this question, and this post refers to official guidelines from the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education and the US Environmental Protection Agency.