Designer Profile: Joe Frost, The Contemporary Father of Play Advocacy

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As a child on a small farm in of southwestern Arkansas, during the last years of the Great Depression, Joe Frost played with his friends on an open field in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. He played war and chase, built dams in the stream behind his grade school, and piled on his classmates… Read more »

Designer Profile: Michelle Mathis, RLA, Learning Landscapes Design

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Eight years ago, on a five-day cycling tour of Berlin, Michelle Mathis stumbled upon her first bonafide adventure playground. What she saw caught her off guard: along several hundred linear feet of boardwalk, children unaccompanied by parents were using hammers, hand saws, and pieces of scrap wood to build forts, some as high as twenty… Read more »

Why Sand and Water Play Are Good for Children

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Long before the iPad and Pokémon GO, there was sand and water. The two are foundational to the earth and offer near limitless possibilities for young children’s imaginations. During the summer months, I take my two-year-old son to Chicago’s Montrose Beach on the shore of Lake Michigan. After laying out a blanket, I let him dig… Read more »

The Touch and Feel of Play in Toshiko MacAdam’s Textile Playgrounds

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Structures Made from Nets of Rope Inspire in This Designer’s Wonderfully Crocheted Playscapes   Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam video via PlayArt11 on YouTube.com   Toshiko MacAdam was already an accomplished artist in the Fibre Arts movement long before she began exploring the possibilities of creating textile playscapes. In fact, she was exhibiting a three-dimensional textile sculpture in Tokyo… Read more »

Learning by Playing: Cause & Effect Has Never Been So Fun!

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I have seen children play on many different playgrounds.  They are always attracted to anything that moves: swings, merry-go-rounds, spinners, see saws and spring riders.  There is something about the action and reaction created that is fascinating and exciting for the child.  Not only is the movement stimulating, but they get a kick from making something happen!  They push and… Read more »