What do children want in their outdoor playspaces?
This is the first in a series of posts that will look at things you can do to make a backyard or preschool playground an irresistible playspace for the young children in your life.
Children love natural playspaces. When given the opportunity, children choose, and enjoy playing in natural environments and/or with natural elements. They do so because of the overwhelming play potential of such spaces.
What do children want in their natural playspaces? Research has very kindly narrowed the field for us by identifying the natural elements that children most want in their natural playspaces. These are:
- Animals, insects, creatures in ponds
- Sand (especially when mixed with water)
- Natural colour, diversity and change
- Places and features to sit on; in; under; lean against; provide privacy; shade; shelter
- Different levels, nooks, crannies, places to hide
- Structures or objects that can be changed, including lots of loose parts
Series: How to create an irresistible outdoor playspace for children. Come with me and wander and dream through natural play spaces from around the globe. We will take our time and look at each of these natural elements in a bit more detail. We may just well find a few ideas that we can use in our own playgrounds or backyards to make them irresistible spaces for outdoor play:
Just Add Water
Just Add Sand
Just Add Greenery
Just Add Animals, Insects and Creatures
Just Add Stones, Logs, Stumps and Mounds
Just Add Places to Pause, Places to Hide, Places to Rest
Just Add Loose Parts
Natural Play Space Roundup
Tomorrow: Just add water!