Get a sneak peek of The Department of Teacher Education Tiger Tots' new reclaimed wood playground equipment!
As part of a Dane G. Hansen Foundation grant, Tiger Tots Nurtury Center received funds for playground improvements on Jan. 19. Tiger Tots is an on-campus daycare and preschool center for FHSU employees and students. New equipment will replace older plastic play structures.
To promote sustainable practices, the Tiger Tots staff is reaching out to the community and partnering with Hays Planing Mill to use trees that were already taken down around town. One tree had fallen on a house and other small trees were removed to allow growth for nearby trees. Teaching children about citizenship and modeling how to be a good citizen is a very important component of this project. Tiger Tots staff are ensuring the children know that the trees were not cut down for their playground – the children will get to go on a field trip to see where some of the smaller trees were cut down. Hays Planing Mill designed the playground pieces based on pictures supplied by Tiger Tots staff and has already installed the first pieces of the new equipment.
New items already completed include a balance beam, a swing frame and chairs made of cut logs. Grant funds will also be used to purchase a Web Riderz Swing that will help promote sensory integration. Items still being constructed from reclaimed wood are numbered tree trunk stepping stones, a kitchen area, science table and a musical instrument wall of pots and pans donated by families of Tiger Tots. This project is also teaching children to recycle and repurpose items that would normally be thrown out. Pallets were donated by Walmart for the musical instrument wall and sandbox backdrop which will house recycled items for sand play.