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An Introduction to Modern Playscapes

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In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary design targeted to kids. Week 1: An Introduction to Modern Playscapes.   From playgrounds that derive inspiration from nature to pop-up urban installations, spaces for play are transitioning away from traditional manufactured solutions—ie. the ubiquitous plastic and/or metal jungle gyms one spies at most playgrounds—and getting the attention they deserve as exciting design opportunities. I use the term playscapes to highlight sites that move beyond the playground fence to become total landscapes for play.
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Sweet Playground Designs - Poured in Place Rubber Playground Surfacing

Sweet Playground Designs - Poured in Place Rubber Playground Surfacing | Playground Design Publications | Scoop.it
MEAK creates some awesome safety playground surfaces for businesses.

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Nature's Playground: Activities, Crafts, and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors

Nature's Playground: Activities, Crafts, and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors | Playground Design Publications | Scoop.it

Introducing children to the excitement of the natural world, this guide to outdoor adventure provides hours of creative, safe, and fun activities. Children will learn how to build a den from branches, make twig boats to sail across a pond, and voyage through the backyard to find tiny insects and creatures. Activities include invigorating games, natural crafts, and lively adventures, all of which are organized by season. An additional chapter also addresses safe activities for children after dark. Perfect for families, caretakers, and educators, this creative resource encourages children to turn off the television and play outside all year round. http://bit.ly/1r54OBE


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An Infographic on Playground Equipment

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Playground design really is child's play

Playground design really is child's play | Playground Design Publications | Scoop.it

The days of the simple see-saw are over. The kids who use the Chelsea Street playground in Redfern wanted something a little bit more contemporary. When the City of Sydney asked 26 students from Bourke Street Public School about a planned playground upgrade, the council was given an extensive wishlist: cubby houses, a trampoline, flying fox and even an ice rink.

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Natural Playgrounds: Best Choice in a Tight Economy

Natural Playgrounds: Best Choice in a Tight Economy | Playground Design Publications | Scoop.it
The Natural Playgrounds Company® is the leading US expert in the design of innovative, environmentally sensitive natural playgrounds, natural playground elements, and outdoor classrooms for K-12 schools, communities, and childcare centers.
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Community Playthings | Outdoor play

Community Playthings | Outdoor play | Playground Design Publications | Scoop.it
Our children experience fewer and fewer opportunities to explore nature, run, roll, climb, and swing
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Playgrounds Worth A Trip

Playgrounds Worth A Trip | Playground Design Publications | Scoop.it
In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary design targeted to kids. Week 2: Playgrounds Worth A Trip.   What if you planned your next family vacation around a playground? Some playscapes are so amazing they're worth the trip! Stay close by, and take in other area sites while building in time to visiting these unique landscapes for play again and again.
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A Good Play Area Can Attract Business for Holiday Parks

A Good Play Area Can Attract Business for Holiday Parks | Playground Design Publications | Scoop.it
A new play area is a fantastic investment for a holiday park and keeping the kids entertained tends to be quite high on a parents holiday criteria.

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Tire pile playground in Sarasota children's garden

Tire pile playground in Sarasota children's garden | Playground Design Publications | Scoop.it

This colored tire pile is part of the interactive children garden of recycled-ness in Sarasota !More information here http://bit.ly/1mHx6Tf


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'Dumbed down' playgrounds could harm kids

'Dumbed down' playgrounds could harm kids | Playground Design Publications | Scoop.it
Dumbed down playgrounds designed to eliminate injuries to children may make them more dangerous by encouraging risky play, a researcher warns.

 

PM - Common sense when you think about it, but some of the tips in playground design here are very smart!


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Professional Perspectives and Research on Childrens Outdoor Environments

Professional Perspectives and Research on Childrens Outdoor Environments | Playground Design Publications | Scoop.it
The Natural Playgrounds Company® is the leading US expert in the design of innovative, environmentally sensitive natural playgrounds, natural playground elements, and outdoor classrooms for K-12 schools, communities, and childcare centers.
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The Benefits of Outdoor Play

The Benefits of Outdoor Play | Playground Design Publications | Scoop.it
Playing outdoors is a form of exercise that promotes well-being and wholesome physical development. Children are naturally drawn to active play outdoors: it allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence.
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