Games like chess and/or checkers can be played by people of all ages, and providing this opportunity will encourage youth, teens, adults, and seniors to frequent the playspace. These games can also be a perfect catalyst for playspace programming! They can also add to the beautification of a playspace. Ideally, this project involves adding a twist to existing, ordinary picnic tables.
Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.
Measure the surface that the table-top game board will be attached to.
Using the measuring tape and chalk line, measure a rectangle on the plywood board with matching dimensions to your table-top surface.
Using the circular saw, cut the plywood down to match your table-top measurements.
Sand all edges until smooth.
Prime both sides and all edges.
Inventory and sort all of your materials.
Decide what type of game board you would like to make. Popular choices are chess/checkerboards, Chutes and Ladders, tic-tac-toe, or Dots.
Use the yard stick, painter's tape, and pencils to create the outline for your game.
Fill in your game using exterior paint and painting supplies.
When the piece is dry, attach it to the table top surface using the 1 ⅝" deck screws.
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An outdoor classroom is a great way of encouraging schools and other organizations to take advantage of their outdoor playspace and turn the entire area into a learning environment.
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!
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!