This is the second post in the series "What Rusty Said: Creating Natural Playscapes". You can read the first post here, or just jump right in as we look at Rusty's tips for kickstarting your natural playscape project:
Turning Playscape Dreams into Reality
Are you bursting with ideas to create the magical natural playscape of your dreams, but are not quite sure how or where to start ?
Whether its a major project or just a few additions here are some tips from Rusty Keeler to get you on your way:
- It starts with you
- Gather together a team
- Brainstorm: Who are the people in your neighbourhood?
- Dream your Playscape
- Draw your playscape
- Make a wish list
- A work in progress
- Build your playscape
1. It starts with you.
Your vision and enthusiasm for the world of natural playscapes can kick start your project by inspiring the people around you.
Share your knowledge of the children and nature movement; the benefits of outdoor play; what is a natural playscape and ways to add natural elements to your outdoor environment.
Here is a list of resources you could use as the starting point for introducing those around you to the idea of creating a natural playscape:
Earthplay ::: Great for images; articles and links.
Natural Playscapes ::: Rusty Keeler's book on creating natural playscapes for the soul.
Or from previous posts:
Outdoor and Nature Play Links
Why Natural Outdoor Playspaces?
25 Ways to Improve your Outdoor Playspace
10 Articles on Children's Play in Nature
And for those Australians amongst us:
Early Years Learning Framework Forum ::: Forum buzz about connecting with nature
Kidsafe NSW Natural Playspaces Fact Sheet
Now off you go and inspire those you work with to dream of a natural playscape for the children in your lives.
Next in the Series:
Gather together your team