The Van Beuningenplein

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Old situation The former Staatsliedenbuurt is an early 20th-century layout of Amsterdam. In recent years this area has undergone an extensive urban renewal. Social houses are renovated and partly sold to stimulate diversity among the inhabitants. A lot of emphasis is put on upgrading the public space’s quality. Gentrification has started but not as rapidly… Read more »

Benefits of Sensory Play through Sand & Water

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Summer’s here, and as the temperature rises you’ve probably found your mind wandering to visions of hot sand and cool water. Imagine lying out in the sun, digging your feet into the coarse sand, and feeling the force of a wave coming from and receding back into the ocean. It’s enough to bring you back… Read more »

Honoring Play Enthusiasts: Friedrich Froebel, Gift Play

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Friedrich Froebel is the “father” of the kindergarten concept. Froebel studied the natural sciences as well as architecture and had a profound understanding of the interconnectedness between the two disciplines. Under the direction of Anton Gruener, headmaster of the Pestalozzian Frankfurt Model School and in reflection of the teachings of Johann Henrich Pestalozzi, Froebel became a… Read more »

Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year!

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Our Candy Park and Playground by Laura Every year I create a gingerbread village and this year I was inspired by the Conlastic playground equipment and decided to recreate some pieces with candy.  The Conlastic PlayPoints are made from gum paste, marzipan, gum balls and edible metallic glitter dust. You will see the Spaghettini for the gingerbread… Read more »

Honoring Play Enthusiasts: The Fantastic Art Play of Isamu Noguchi

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Recently I stumbled upon an article in the LA Landscape blog reviewing the Playa Vista Central Park.  I noticed that they commented on the playground area designed by the Office of James Burnett as: “Contemporary play area recalls a Noguchi playground”. I admit that I wasn’t familiar with Noguchi so I decided to look him… Read more »

Not Up to Playground Standards? My Confession as a Playground Aunt

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According to ASTM 1487 & the CPSC,  we have two age groups for playground standards: 2-5 and 5-12. In addition, they have recently introduced another standard for playground manufacturers for 6-23 month-olds.  In short, the playground standards are based on anthropometric data (comparative sizes/measurements of children at age 2, 5 &12), empirical data of types of… Read more »

Snowshoeing Through a Gorge – Inspiration for Water Play – By Laura

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When I was a young child in kindergarten my class would walk down to the Credit River in Misissauga, Ontario, every Friday morning.  We would walk along the river and sometimes collect leaves, pebbles, sticks or pinecones for craft projects.  We learned about the natural world by exploring and experiencing the sounds and texture of the nature… Read more »

Cool Slides – for Architecture, Art & Fun!

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Here are a few slide installations from our awesome slide manufacturer.  This is really functional art! Biel Expo, Switzerland, Triple wave slide with polycarbonate covers Tate Modern Gallery, London (installed 2006), 5 Tube slides, stainless steel with polycarbonate covers PT Plaza Lifestyle Prima, Jakarta, Indonesia (installed 2008), Stainless steel slide with polycarbonate cover and 13 LED-rings,… Read more »