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 »

The Many Benefits of Naturally Playful Playscapes

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Natural Elements that Include the Surrounding Area Set These Playscapes Apart     Play is a means by which we first form our understanding of the wider world. Most of our earliest interactions involve play and play-like behaviors. For example, peek-a-boo is an important milestone in cognitive development that demonstrates an emerging understanding of the concept of… Read more »

10 Swings to Help You Soar (and More)

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Creative Designs and Uses that Go Beyond the Traditional Playground Swing     When it comes to playground equipment, the swing holds a special place. Swings are often among the most popular features of any playscape. They give everyone an opportunity to soar through the air while always encouraging us to reach ever-higher. The rhythmic back-and-forth of… Read more »

Play to Learn, The Importance of Recess in Education

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As Children Return to School, A Reminder that Daily Play Makes a Measurable Difference     Since the early days of one-room school houses, recess has been an important part of education. In those early times, there was often an informal period of play before and after school, in addition to a regular mid-day break. Even… Read more »

Limitless Fun, The Impact of Rick Henke’s Approach to Playground Creation

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Playgrounds Were Nothing New, Until Goric’s Founder Helped Change the Game     It all comes down to perspective. Children explore a world much different than the ones inhabited by adults. Everything is bigger and harder to reach. As a child, it can often seem that adults spend their time telling you what not to do, rather than encouraging you… Read more »

Fun Came First: A Brief History of Playground Equipment in America

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From Vacant Lots to Modern Marvels, Playgrounds Have Come a Long Ways     It is relatively easy to conjure memories of days spent following the lead of our own imagination as we played on the neighborhood playground equipment. We soared into the air, climbed our way to triumph, raced down the slide and then back… Read more »

The Playground Equipment Designs of Peter Heuken

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The German Playground Designer Peter Heuken traces the beginnings of his world-renowned work to the age of five. That’s when he received his first real tool kit. It is not usually recommended to give sharp blades and other adult tools to someone barely past the toddler stage of life. Luckily, Mr. Heuken was not your typical child. Even… Read more »

PLAYGROUNDS FOR ADULTS – THEY SHOULD PLAY TOO!

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These Twelve Parks for Grown-Ups Offer the Benefits of Play and a Good Time   We are all lucky to live in an age of expansive play. Adult playgrounds and similar facilities are available throughout the U.S. for most anyone’s enjoyment and benefit. Each one serves as evidence that playgrounds, parks, and even businesses are… Read more »

Adult Playgrounds: Exercise at Its Funnest

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We play enthusiasts spend a lot of time discussing the importance of play in the role of early childhood development. It’s a fun and easy way for a child to learn problem solving, cognitive development, as well as strength and dexterity training. It was during one of these conversations that the idea of the age-inclusive… Read more »

Scale, Imagination, and Innovation in Modern Playgrounds

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When recalling our early playground memories, we remember how awe-inspiring the equipment was to our child’ eye. Often we look back at “the slide that was higher than a two story building” or “the bottomless sandbox” and think of how we begged our parents to bring us back. Although this feeling comes in part from our… Read more »