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Playgrounds Designed with Bullies i...

The playground bully is a classic villain in children’s lives and literature alike. Playgrounds don’t create bullies, of course, - Read the rest...

Builder Boards by Jack McGee, Playg...

The ‘Builder Boards’ from inventor Jack McGee are like Lincoln Logs for the backyard, and you can purchase them in - Read the rest...

Playtimes: A Century of Children's ...

Featuring film and audio clips from as early as 1900, the British Library’s Playtimes website “explores the enormous diversity of - Read the rest...

Playscapes at DWELL magazine

DWELL magazine’s latest issue is on family and play, and I’m so pleased to have been asked to supply some - Read the rest...

Friday Forum: Play Design Training

Recently I was looking at the work of a firm whose playful, but not specifically playground, installation I had featured - Read the rest...

Scrap Stores for the Playground

In researching the previous post, I came across the mention that the ‘yellow submarine’ had been repainted with paint provided - Read the rest...

Friday Forum - What are the barrier...

Thanks to everyone who has used the forum so far to ask a question, leave an answer, or post a - Read the rest...

The Red Swing Project

An addition to last week’s focus on swings is the lyrical “Red Swing Project“, which started as an urban intervention - Read the rest...

The (awesome) Children's Play Infor...

I’m back in the USA (and recovered from an unpleasant flu, for which I totally blame the arctic temperatures at - Read the rest...

EnTYREly Fun Playgrounds, James Jol...

Post Options Tires are generally a locally available material in developing countries, and are a key material for structures like those by - Read the rest...

More rubrics...Design for Play!

Another helpful playground rubric is the set of ten design principals offered by the organization Play England in their publication “Design for - Read the rest...

Patterns of Play - a playground rub...

The National Institute for Play, a U.S. based non-profit “committed to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play - Read the rest...

Go Play!

Similar recycled materials are used by Go Play!, founded by Marcus Veerman, who are laudably taking an open-source approach to - Read the rest...

Playground Books for Christmas

The books recommended in the sidebar (including the one on Aldo Van Eyck, which was a key inspiration for this blog) are - Read the rest...

The Playground War

  I’m headed soon to Toronto for a scientific conference, and doing some googling to find any playgrounds I’d like - Read the rest...

Make Playgrounds Better at the Bett...

I’ve been thinking for some time that it would be nice to have a place where my readers could talk - Read the rest...

Advice on Parks from Holger Blom, S...

Egon Möller-Nielsen’s playground sculptures were the result of a cooperative relationship with Holger Blom, Stockholm’s “City Gardener” (head of the - Read the rest...

A plea for the track

  And while I’m indulging in advocacy may I make a plea for the track? Children love to race round - Read the rest...

Dear readers,

I have just checked the end-of-year stats; 60,000 visits since March. While those are far from google-ey statistics, they are - Read the rest...

Your thoughts on Natural Playground...

I wanted to highlight a comment I got recently from reader Anita Van Asperdt: I am a landscape architect. In - Read the rest...

Booring Playgrounds

“Boring was how the majority of children described their local parks and playgrounds in a 2002 national survey (UK) by - Read the rest...