If you are building a natural playground in an area that has mature trees, think about adding a tree surround for kids to sit and interact. If you don’t have any, think of planting one or two if space permits. Not only do they provide shade (also very important, especially in places where heat is an issue), but they also let kids see how trees interact with the wind, rain, and the seasons.

Tree stumps can be utilized for seating purposes, as “stepping stones” or climbers, or in a variety of other exciting and educational ways.