Beauty will always enhance a playspace, because it draws people into a common area – and into an opportunity to socialize with fellow community members. The planters also provide a unique opportunity for children to tend to a plant and watch it grow!
Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.
Take  of the landscape timbers. Cut each into  31" pieces for a total of  31" landscape timber pieces.
Take the remaining  landscape timbers. Cut each into  24" pieces, for a total of  24" landscape timber pieces.
Inventory and sort all of your materials.
Sort (2) 24" and (2) 31" pieces. Nail together one course of the planter base using the 6" nails. One person should hold the 4x4 pieces in place to make sure they are properly squared while another person hammers in the nails at the points (•) indicated in the picture.
Repeat step 2 for a total of (8) courses.
Now it is time to nail the courses together. Alternate the 31" and 24" pieces for each level (see diagram). The final planter should be 8 courses high. Hint: You may want to pre-drill these holes to make the hammering go smoother.
Position the planter in its final place.
Fill the first ¾ of the planter box with fill material (peat moss, mulch, dirt, or rocks). Then fill the rest of the box with potting soil and top it off with plants.
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Adding a huge, colorful map brings color to the playspace and teaches geography to kids. Children will be amazed by this enormous map, and will be drawn to thinking about it and playing around it. Painting is also a fun volunteer project! A finished painting project always provides a sense of accomplishment and very little expertise is needed to contribute successfully to the project.
Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. Picnic tables provide seating, which encourages supervision when placed near a playground. Also, picnic tables provide opportunities for groups of people (families, friends, community members) to socialize and enjoy one another’s company. The Accessible Picnic Table comes with the added benefit of allowing adults and children with differing levels of mobility use the table together!
Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. We've included instructions for a KaBOOM! favorite here, a combination bench/planter! Benches encourage adult supervision when placed in close proximity to the playground equipment. Seating also encourages a sense of community by creating a designated area for neighbors to gather together, much like a “town square." The double planter bench can be a combination bench + planter OR can be used as a bench with a chessboard tabletop in the middle!