Play DIY


DIY Playscapes: How to make a Backyard Zipline!

Zip lines, aka flying foxes, are sadly absent from most US playgrounds due to–you guessed it–overblown liability fears.  So make one in your backyard!   Follow the instructions by I Like to Make Stuff via Instructables.


New DIY Download: Cardboard Play B...

One of the modern expressions of C. Theodor Sørensen’s ideas of free play with junk are cardboard-based play projects. The first - Read the rest...

Playground DIY: Concrete Gecko scu...

This is truly advanced DIY, but I’m glad to see this instructable for a concrete gecko! The design steps could - Read the rest...

House Eave Swing, Kimuramatsumoto A...

And don’t forget that most any wide and sturdy roof eave can accomodate a swing…this one is by Kimuramatsumoto Architects - Read the rest...

DIY New Skateboard Swing

Or see full instructions for a skateboard swing made from a new deck at HandmadeModern!

Vintage Skateboard Swing

Beautiful use for a well-loved board…a backyard skateboard swing captured by Latvian artist / photographer Margarita Germane, entitled Summer Stories.

Make Aldo Leopold's Bench for your ...

As you make your bench, with kid-power of course, everyone can learn about Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) who founded the field of Wildlife - Read the rest...

Happy Birthday Aldo! Happy Birthda...

Aldo van Eyck was born March 16, 1918, which would have made him 96 this year. And this blog is - Read the rest...

Playground Library, Rainbow Lake Pl...

Another playground library: bring a book you don’t want and take one you do at the Rainbow Lake Playground in - Read the rest...

Painted Playground Fence

In general I’m against playground fences. But sometimes an unsightly stockade fence is already in place….this is an appealing and - Read the rest...

DIY Piano Stairs

Most piano stairs or foot chimes rely on pressure, but these function by using a light based trip-wire. Full - Read the rest...

Oasis Playscape and Street-Sign Sli...

  First, meet Julie Klear, co-founder of Zid Zid kids and your Playscapes correspondent for the MENA region (Middle East North Africa)! - Read the rest...

Playhouse made from Recycled Doors,...

Earthscape, natural play-makers in Toronto, Canada, have designed this playhouse from recycled doors as part of a small natural play - Read the rest...

Playground DIY - Illuminated Climbi...

Via instructables, an interesting project for using LEDs to illuminate the climbing holds that are a standard feature of backyard - Read the rest...

Barefoot Parks and Sensation Paths

Continuing my musings on this idea of play-as-path and path-as-play…there is no better example of this in the ‘natural play’ - Read the rest...

Spaceship HEART, Noa Haim, Collecti...

Noa Haim of Collective Paper Aesthetics designed this amazing project: a gigantic ‘spaceship’ playhouse whose individual components are simple folded - Read the rest...

Stump Seesaws

If you noticed the seesaw made from stumps in the video of the Vancouver playscapes, see also a self-constructed version - Read the rest...

The House on a Hill playscape: les...

I’ve long admired this small-town playground by German landscape architect Stefan Laport for the lessons it holds for small playgrounds - Read the rest...

Cow Hollow School Natural Playscape...

This compact playscape in San Francisco’s historic Presidio manages to tick alot of boxes in a small space: rolling topography - Read the rest...

Build An Adventure Playground on a ...

If you’re in the Philadelphia area, don’t miss the chance to join my friend Alex Gilliam of Public Workshop TOMORROW, - Read the rest...

Play Tents Community Art Installati...

There is more than one way to build a den, and I love the tents constructed by Noa Meir and - Read the rest...

Den-building frames for natural pla...

I’ve talked before on the blog about making provisions for den-building, which can be as simple as providing a three-point - Read the rest...