Sunday 20 February 2011

Blue tarp

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Lily Horseman said...

Juliet, Great topic for a post.

I can really recommend a you tube search for blue tarp surfing. It is reminiscent of the games our kids play spontaneously running in and out of the tarps but so much more!


Shar said...

An inspiring post! We don't have a blue tarp but I am going to get one now. Thanks for your post.

Teacher Tom said...

We have a phenomenon here called "blue tarp campers." This is when dad (usually dad) insists that the family is going camping no matter what the weather is doing, and it rains A LOT here. The entire campsite gets covered in blue tarps and you hunker under them for a weekend. Good times!

Seriously, though, it has never occurred to me to turn the tarps over to the kids. I'll have to try that!

Plants seeds of knowledge...for our future! said...

Tom: Amazing we have spent many a camptrip doing the same thing! Good thing we LOVE to camp!

I would love to use a blue tarp unfortunately I do not know how we would keep it down. Our school is on a field in the middle of nowhere with no trees or buildings to offer wind protection. Winds roaring at 45-50 miles per hour daily are a headache to all of us. Especially since it blows dirt and we are sandblasted. Any tips for how to use a tarp under these conditions. I am sure my kinders would LOVE to use them!

Unknown said...

I LOVE these ideas! Currently, we have a blue tarp covering our sand pit when it's not in use...but now that I have some other ideas, it may have to come off the sand pit and be used in other areas! (I've never thought of it as something to actually USE! I have always just used it to cover things! :)

Miss Elizabeth said...

I am planning to put large amounts of sand indoors on a well, green tarp, (but the same as your blue tarp in every way except color), it is really cold here in upstate ny, so on many days we are forbidden to go outside by safety regulations (anything below 20 degrees F). In any case I am bringing a little outdoors and summer inside-real beach sand on a tarp with sea shells, buckets and shovels!
Also, my sisters and I when we were younger would make tents out of one of our blue tarps and sleep outside on the cool grass on hot summer nights it is a great idea to let the kids at school use one outside as well, I think I will try it. I especially love the "cozy" tarp for winter idea! thanks!

Play for Life said...

We had several tarps at kinder which we often put on the ground for the children BUT we never thought to use them in other ways! ... Crikey, how did miss such wonderful opportunities for all those years?!
Donna :) :)

Juliet Robertson said...

Blue tarp surfing is definitely a unique opportunity with a big tarp. Some children just like being wrapped up in a tarp and then being "opened" by other children.

Blue tarp is a wonderful open-ended resource. Do get one! I'm hoping to blog about children using a big blue tarp on a windy day. On twitter I've set up a blue tarp hash tag to collate other ideas. I have a feeling others will follow, e.g. for masking tape! LOL!

Jenea - blue tarp is not good in wind. You need to find a nook which is sheltered to make a den. On an open site it will be ripped and shredded within one session. Alternatively, go with the flow - quite literally and use it for big flying sessions a bit like a giant sized kite for a group of children (see forthcoming blog post). Another alternative is to cut some holes in the tarp to let the wind blow through and create a different experience.

Another popular activity over here is to treat a tarp a bit like a parachute for games and having an outdoor snack under - the mushroom parachute approach where it's wedged down by sitting on it with the heads of everyone keeping the roof up - this works in wind.

Kristin said...

I am embarrassed to say that we have only used our multitude of tarps for covering our outdoor tables at night. We will be using them much differently, now! In fact, I just saw some 5'x7' lightweight blue tarps at the 99cent store the other day. I'll be picking some more up soon now that I've been given some new inspiration. I love the velcro strap idea, too. Thanks!