It is unfortunate that children can't design their outdoor play environments. Research on children's preferences shows that if children had the design skills to do so, their creations would be completely different from the areas called playgrounds that most adults design for them.
Outdoor spaces designed by children would not only be fully naturalized with plants, trees, flowers, water, dirt, sand, mud, animals and insects, but also would be rich with a wide variety of play opportunities of every imaginable type. If children could design their outdoor play spaces, they would be rich developmentally appropriate learning environments where children would want to stay all day. - White and StoeklinThat says it beautifully don't you think? And to steal someone else's words again:
And just look what they have achieved at their preschool:
It doesn't have to cost an arm or a a leg to create natural beauty. We were very surprised at just how inexpensive our Hush Garden make over was. The trees were the most expensive part at around $30.00 each but the river rocks, stones and pebbles were very cheap and the logs ... well we've had them lying around in our own gardens as well as at kinder for ever ... and we also have tree stumps through out the playground which were given to us by a tree lopping friend ... Ask and you will be pleasantly surprised what people will give you in the form of beautiful natural materials. - A comment from Sherry and Donna from Irresistible Ideas for Play based Learning
I hope you have enjoyed the series and have stored away some ideas for making your own outdoor play space an irresistible place for the children in your world to play.
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