Friday, January 7, 2011

what rusty keeler said: draw your playscape

Today in the "What Rusty Said: Creating Natural Playscapes Series" we will look at drawing your playscape to see how it all flows together.

Your playscape master plan

Start to map out your playscape dreams onto paper by drawing in the existing features and landmarks.  Then sketch in your natural playscape elements.  

You don't have to be an artist or a designer - glue on pictures; use colour; write on notes: make it your own!  To get you started, think: 
  • quiet space
  • shady spaces
  • plantings
  • digging area
  • muddy area
  • places to hide
  • wet areas
  • vegetable patch
  • storage
  • shelter
  • open space
  • art
  • sound
  • places to climb and balance
  • small hills or slopes
  • places to sit
  • places to gather
  • places for creatures (chickens; ponds; bird houses)
  • flow: how will children move through the space
  • scale
  • pathways
  • views

Examples of playscape plans
(scroll down to the bottom of this link for a wonderful slideshow on the drawing process)


Next in the series:  Make a wishlist


  1. I'm really enjoying this series. Way, way back I got excited about creating a natural playscape in our housing co-op after first reading about them on your blog. I did make some great changes + I never blogged about them. Must do it!

    I'm inspired to do some more on the area now - thanks.

  2. Jenny - you are so awesome! I want to start a blog series of "What Jenny Said"! You've got so many great ideas going here! woo hoo!

  3. Aw shucks, thanks guys. I'm glad you like it Rusty - would be a bit of a worry if you didn't :)

    Toasted: Yes! blog about it!

  4. Drawing out my dreams for my yard was the best thing ever! I was dreaming big, and it looks so great now :)

  5. Brilliant! can you post some pictures - of your dream drawings AND your yard??