This week I have got a brilliant outdoor structure to giveaway courtesy of Oliver from Cool Canvas. I have seen Oliver's amazing outdoor structures in use in a number of settings and they really do enhance the outdoor space whilst challenging children's learning and experience.
Before I tell you how you can win, here is a bit of information about Oliver, Cool Canvas and that very exciting outdoor construction platform…
As a boy, Oliver worked alongside his dad in the landscape gardening trade and enjoyed driving from job to job in a classic series 2A Land Rover with the two becoming affectionately known as 'The well spoken Gypsies'. These formative years together with a deep love for the Isle of Arran and the Lake District formed over family holidays as a child, ignited his passion for working both in and with the natural environment.
Following his graduation in Fine Art in 2002, Oliver began working in local schools developing art and landscaping projects that involved both children and teaching staff in a 'hands-on' capacity whilst simultaneously enabling Oliver to gain an understanding of the National Curriculum.
While Oliver's work has continued to progress organically over the past decade, his earlier vision of those formative years remains the same:
to create natural play environments for children which both inspire the imagination and make playtime as exciting and as fun as possible.
Just like the old days, Oliver and his dad Richard are a team again and are now considering buying an even older series 2A Land Rover as Cool Canvas's new company car!
What is the Giveaway? Here is some essential info from Oliver…
You have the opportunity to win a construction platform kit worth £1250 + vat
What is a construction platform and what does the kit include?
A construction platform is our latest EYFS concept it's a chunky raised platform that can sit in any play space or can be installed around a tree (Installing around a tree may require professional advice). It comes with a kit that allows children to slot in wall panels, attach material, install pulleys and build their own steps. And that's just the start.
The kit includes:
- Wooden wall slats.
- Material attachments.
- 14mm mooring line and lanyard for pulley making.
- 2 x box steps.
- Material attachment hoops.
- Wooden platform. The structure is 600mm off the ground so it doesn't need to sit on a safety surface and it doesn't need to be concreted in to the ground. The size of the platform is 1200mm long x 1200mm wide (4ft x4ft).
Please note the structure in this picture is a double tiered structure with tree house platform. The competition is for a single platform
How did the design come about?
- For me the most exciting stage of a project is the process of creating. I enjoy looking at a structure when it's in its frame work stage and the thought of the building process that lies ahead.
I love making junk sculptures with children and it’s this concept that led me to design this simple platform that acts as an open ended stage for problem solving activities.
Can the kit be developed further?
The platform kit is just the beginning I would suggest having piles of card, tape, string and material to hand, so children can develop the resource in their own way. I think a loose set of small ladders or a step ladder are awesome and totally add to the excitement of the structure.
If you wanted to enhance the surface under foot I would recommend buying some bark from your local garden centre or better still a local tree surgeon and scatter around the base of the structure.
Come summer a nice idea is to attach hanging baskets to the upper legs to add some natural colour, texture and smell.
“The construction platform has been an excellent addition to our outdoor environment, opening up a wide range of opportunities for the children.
There are three access routes to the platform at three different levels of physical development challenge. Successful building in the construction section requires teamwork and cooperation to add and remove the panels. The children love the fact that they can change the dynamic of the platform by adding and removing walls. The whole structure presents fantastic opportunities for children's imaginative play with hooks for adding materials as required.
Oliver and his team gave real thought to the structure and produced something which exceeded our initial request. The team are clear about the learning benefits that each element offers and we have no hesitation in recommending their work.”
Head Teacher of Nevill Road Primary
How to win the platform…
To stand a chance of winning this Giveaway you can…
Leave a comment on this blog post and/or
Tweet a comment to @ABCDoes and/or
Leave a comment on the ABC Does Facebook page.
All comments must be received by noon on Saturday 22nd February 2014
The winner will be selected by random number generator and posted on the blog (this will be shared on Twitter and Facebook)
Once the winner's details have been confirmed then there will be a minimum 3 week delivery time from Cool Canvas (this will give the elves time to make it).
The structure will be delivered in individual parts.
To see more Cool Canvas inspirations you can log on to their website HERE (look out for thr Hobbit holes!)