School Days Are Here Again | Preparing for Another School Year Part 2 Sensory Walkway

My second project was a lot more time consuming and was a lot more detail-oriented. Luckily, I had the help of my coworker, her husband, and my husband as well. Without us working as a team we would have never accomplished what we did. As a playground teacher, I wanted to add something for the children who have sensory issues – but would also be aesthetically pleasing. So I researched and concluded that a sensory walkway would be best. I chose the location I did because nothing grows in this area, it is an eye sore, and it is difficult to keep the children from causing mischief in this location. Here are the steps we took to complete the walkway.

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{Before we put in the sensory walkway}

These were some of the inspirations that I used to give us an idea for the playground. I really wanted to make sure we had multiple textures since we had such a large space to cover.

After we got our inspiration, my coworker and I came up with a game plan of what we wanted the walkway to look like. From there we came up with a supply list. Once we had the list of materials we contacted our local Home Depot to let them know of our project. They graciously discounted half of the cost for the materials! It really was a truly fantastic gift for the school. Here is our list of materials.

  • Pea Gravel
  • River Rock
  • Brick Pavers
  • Cement
  • Landscape Timbers
  • Artificial turf
  • Cement Donuts
  • Concrete adhesive

After we received all the materials, we began to put the walkway together. We first cleared out the debris and dug in the path for the walkway.

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Then we laid the brick for the walkway

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After we laid the brick then we poured the cement for the sections needing this binding agent – the pea gravel, cement donuts, and river rock.

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Then we cut the wood for the sections and placed in the artificial turf sections. Lastly we finished off the landscaping around the walkway in order to make it look finished and ready for the school year.

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I am so thrilled with how the walkway turned out. It will be a great addition to the playground and I can’t wait to share this with the children who have sensory issues. This project was a LOT of hard labor and it was so worth it. But there was definitely a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into this walkway. I am so glad that we were able to provide this for our school and students.

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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