All Kids love to swing, slide, spin, and imagine— and playgrounds give them the perfect stage for that. Fortunately, Maryland has some top-notch, innovative play spaces to visit and explore as a family. Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to enjoy these great— and largely free— activities recently due to closures forced by the ongoing pandemic. As stay-at-home orders gradually begin to lighten up, some playgrounds are reopening. Most still have social.
As we navigate this unprecedented time of social isolation, the days of loading the kids into the car in search of some of Maryland’s best playgrounds feels long ago and far away. Eventually, however, the distancing measures will relax, and we will be able to slather on the sunscreen, fire up the GPS, and hit the road in search of exciting new places to play. So why not use this.
Imagine your favorite playground when you were a kid. For many of us, that mental picture includes playground equipment such as monkey bars, wooden swings, a couple of seesaws, a precariously tall metal slide, and maybe a hopscotch grid spray-painted on a concrete pad. Limited though these playgrounds might have been, most of us survived them, and had a reasonably good time while we were at it— splinters and bruises.
Playgrounds provide a safe place for children to use their boundless energy, and interact and have fun with their peers. As importantly, a well-designed playground gives kids an invaluable learning environment where they can develop their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive skills. If what pioneering educator Maria Montessori famously said, that “Play is the work of children”, is true, then surely the child’s office is a well-designed playground. Extensive research.
Does your community playground need some refurbishment? Are you involved in playground planning at your school or worship center here in Maryland, Virginia or DC? If so, you have a wonderful opportunity to create an environment that will be fun and welcoming for your kids– including the “differently abled” kids with physical or mental challenges for whom navigating traditional play structures is difficult. No matter what your budget or the.
Progressive playground design has always focused on sustainable and inclusive ways to encourage imagination and play, increase physical strength and fitness, and strengthen a sense of belonging and community. And just to keep things fresh, playground architects and designers have been finding more and more ways to add adventure, color, creativity, and expanded sensory experiences to make our children’s outdoor play spaces even more engaging. So what’s on the horizon.
“Use your inside voices. No running, please. Follow the line leader. Sit in a circle…” These are important things for children to do to maintain order in the classroom. Yet they’re not the default setting for healthy, active young people! Running, climbing, jumping, unrestrained talk and laughter, and opportunities to explore at will are hardwired into every child. That’s why providing a safe outdoor space that encourages vigorous physical play.
“Play centers” or “stations” are the time-honored foundation for hands-on learning in preschool classrooms. From Dramatic Play to Nature and Science to Music and Movement and everything in between, children in this age group just seem to thrive on having a variety of options to choose from and enjoy. When you’re setting up an outdoor play environment, let what engages preschoolers indoors shape your decisions. Make Wise Choices. Select equipment.
We hope you have enjoyed the first two parts of our article on creating natural playscapes. In this final portion of the article, we will wrap up the discussion. Other Equipment Pieces In part two of this article, we highlighted swings and slides as two pieces of play equipment you won’t want to skip in your design. Here, we’d like to touch on some of the other various pieces that.
In this second part of our three-part article on natural playscapes, we are going to continue the discussion of how an outdoor playground can be a great opportunity for kids to spend time in nature while having fun with their siblings and friends. Surface Considerations The surface of any playground is an important piece of the overall design puzzle. When trying to craft a natural playscape that integrates nature with.