Thursday, January 6, 2011

creating playscapes for children series: links to help dream your playscape

Yesterday in the "What Rusty Said: Creating Natural Playscapes Series" we looked at ideas for your dream playscape.   

Here are a bunch of my favorite links to websites, blogs, preschools and backyard make-overs filled with inspiring images and information to help you find more ideas from your dream natural playscape.

Articles featuring playscape ideas 

20 Ways to Create Play Environments for the Soul by Rusty Keeler
Small Wonders: Designing Vibrant Natural Landscapes for Early Childhood from Evergreen
Design Ideas for the Outdoor Classroom from Evergreen
Building a Tree Circle by Rusty Keeler
Natural Playscapes by Rusty Keeler
10 Tips for Enhancing your Outdoor Playspace ::: The Body Smart Blog
Design Principles for Nature Play Spaces ::: Greenhearts
A Parent's Guide to Nature Play ::: Greenhearts
Rethinking Outdoor Play ::: Go for Your Life

Websites chock full of fabulous images

School Playground Designers
Springzaad Creative Green for children
Places for Play
Barnas Landskap from Frode Svane
Green Landscapes
Ric McConaghy
Tessa Rose Landscape Design

Blogs to inspire:

Little Green Fingers
I'm a Teacher Get Me Outside of Here

What is happening in other centres?

Takoma Park Co-operative Nursery School
Irresistible Ideas for Play based Learning
Cowgates Under 5's Centre
Elizabeth OGrady Kindergarten
Grey Ward Children's Centre
Hackney Kindergarten
Kensington Gardens Preschool
St Kilda and Balaclava Kindergarten
Growing Minds Learning Centre
Open Spaces Preschool

Backyard playscapes 

Mommy in the Midst
Little Eco Footprints
Two Chicks and a Hen

Do you have any favorite sites or images of natural playscapes that you would like to share?

Next in the series
Drawing your playscape.


  1. Oh wow Jenny that list is so impressive! I think this calls for an extra tall skinny late, a fluffing up of pillows on my very comfy bed and a keep out do not disturb sign on my bedroom door! I have some serious 'work' ahead of me this evening ... Thank goodness it's holiday time!
    Donna :) :)

  2. Oh, I'm so proud to see my backyard playscape listed here! I'm a HUGE fan of your blog and have it in my Google Reader. Imagine my joy when I realized you had linked to me :). I currently send my older daughter to a play-based preschool and if we lived in your town, there's no question she'd be attending yours! I've been watching your recent series for ideas to enhance our playscape this year.

  3. Wow, a wonderful list of links. I think, like Donna, I need to give serious attention to this post. (And not do anything else!) Thanks Jenny.

  4. Arg! I was going to stay away from the computer this weekend . . . Now you've condemned me to clicking through all these links! =)

    Thanks Jenny. You're always an inspiration to me.

  5. I loved reading through the links of backyard playscapes. Has anyone written about ideas for renters? We can do potted plants and the like, but we're not really allowed to relandscape the lawn.

  6. wow! thanks for so many resources! This is absolutely wonderful!

  7. Wow! What a list. I forwarded this post on to several people in hopes that some playgrounds I know might get some remodels!