Children will find shelter and learning within the petals of the Happy Hollow. A bubble of fantasy rests within the walls while the leafy exterior is home to a variety of forest friends large and small. Bertie the Bluebird rests on a vine near a Window with Peek-Through Panels with a cleverly placed crank to turn his head. Bertie can face left, then right and all around. The crank is the first of many activities that works fine and gross motor skills. As children follow the vine around to its base, they will discover the resting form of the Carl the Caterpillar. Carl’s multi-colored rings can be pushed to one side and back again. The open shape works children’s fine motor skills as they grasp and release. Children will continue to Marty the Sensory Mushroom where various patterns are set out for them to explore. Directly above Marty sits Ferah the Firefly whose brightly colored beads bounce joyously as its spun. Bella the Butterfly, sitting just next door, sports wide wings adorned with easy to grasp pegs that can be moved through their maze. As children approach the Vine Bench, they will reach above to turn Lily Lady Bug to her gentle but affirmative click click click. As they reach the Stone Climber, they can venture into the shaded interior of the Happy Hollow and explore a host of fantasy elements that decorate the walls. The Happy Hollow is more than a garden of developmental exploration, it is a safe place. Constructed from rotationally molded plastic all necessary metal is concealed behind rotationally molded plastic keeping children as safe as they play to their hearts’ content.
Welcome to the whimsical world of Happy Hollow where forest friends teach children new things every day. The Happy Hollow is a flower bud shaped structure with doorways on either side. Inside, a fantastic kitchen and living room awaits for kids to discover with wonderment. The outside is full of captivating activities that work fine and gross motor skills as well as basic problem solving. Bertie the Bluebird is perched at a window ready to turn her head with a stealthily hidden hand crank that toddlers or teachers can work. Carl the Caterpillar hangs out by the door with a body full of rings ready to be pushed back and forth or grasped by children who are just starting to pull themselves around. Bella the Butterfly sports small spheres to be grasped and pulled through a maze of passages in her wings. Marty the Sensory Mushroom sits under Ferah the Firefly both offering sensory engagement for toddlers big and small. All these critters live in the Happy Hollow, a home for learning and discovery.
Address the developmental needs of your toddlers and preschoolers with the Happy Hollow. Sized to handle small daycares and yet sturdy enough to withstand hours of daily play, the Happy Hollow works for any childcare or preschool. Encourage their growth with this interactive playhouse that aids their learning through play.
Engaging Sensory Play
On the exterior of the play structure, sensory play abounds with the Mailbox with Chimes that dings, Lily Lady Bug Spinner whose staggered dance emits a clicking sound and Shelly the Snail Drum with a gentle boom. Marty the Sensory Mushroom is covered in different textures that introduce children to beginning patterns. Ferah the Firefly’s rattling beads is a visual waterfall of colors as her body spins.
Growing Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Young toddlers and pre-k children need extensive work on their motor skills in preparation for school. The multiple activities on the Happy Hollow allows for practice on small and large motions that will be necessary once they reach school. Carl the Caterpillar’s rings are a perfect exercise for gripping and moving small objects. In contrast, the three Leaf Slides work larger muscles to crawl up and slide back down. Bertie the Bluebird requires children to combine fine motor skills by gripping a small crank with gross motor skills using the arm, elbow and more to turn him in gentle circles.
Socialization, Solo Play and Inclusivity
The Happy Hollow is called that because everyone is learning to play together. Children can work together to play house in the fantasy themed interior or play in parallel play beside one another. Yet other times, if there is only one child, they can entertain themselves as they learn with each of the activities. Everything that is meant to be played with is set at ground level allowing every child in your classroom will be able to reach and interact with the pieces on it.
With each purchase, an Educational Guide is included to help you to enrich their play with learning opportunities inspired by the structure. Within the guide, examples of related activities and pre-literary experiences are suggested to get you started. Even when the lessons are through, children will have a visual reminder of what they have learned as they play later.
Every teacher knows that even with careful guidance, children tend to wear out teaching materials and play equipment. The Happy Hollow takes this into account by keeping children safe with its rotationally molded plastic body and encasing the necessary metal parts behind matching plastic pieces. All of the plastic is UV stabilized designed to handle daily exposure to the sun and hardy enough for most daily weather.