Playgrounds

Title Abstract Publication Date
How to Design a School Playground for Safety Summarizes how to design and maintain playgrounds with safety in mind. Discusses surfaces, equipment, siting, spacing structures, and more. 12/31/2011
How to Protect Your Children from Arsenic-Treated Wood at School, Child Care or Preschool: A Safety Checklist for Parents. Offers a checklist to determine if a school playground's wood components are arsenic treated, and if so, what the remediation plan is, and what to do if the school administration is unresponsive... 12/31/2003
International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA represents and serves all manufacturers of the playground equipment industry. The organization provides information on key economic and governmental issues affecting the industry and promotes...
Jungle Gym or Brain Gym. Playgrounds Can Improve Academic Readiness. A well-developed playground in a park or school setting can greatly enhance childen's overall development, making playgrounds more than just fun. Playgrounds offer children opportunities to... 05/31/2000
Kids Play Examines the use of fabric mesh knitting as canopies for children's playgrounds. Its benefits and drawbacks are addressed as are how innovative design and choice of materials can help eliminate... 08/31/1998
Kindergarten Architecture. This book presents 22 preschool buildings from all over the world, selected on the basis of how well they approximate an ideal preschool where children and educators live harmoniously in exceptional... 12/31/2000
Kindergartens, Schools and Playgrounds. Presents an international collection of recently built school facilities selected for their successful learning environments, promotion of togetherness and the exchange of ideas, and community use.... 12/31/2006
Landscape as Playscape: The Effects of Natural Environments on Children's Play and Motor Development. Reports on an investigation of the impacts of playing in a natural environment on motor development in children. Methods from landscape ecology were applied for landscape analysis and entered into a... 12/31/2003
Learning through Landscapes (LTL). LTL is a British organization that works with schools, organizations, and individuals across the United Kingdom to help them improve and develop their grounds. This is achieved by undertaking...
Learning Through Landscapes: Using School Grounds as an Educational Resource. All schools need a variety of size, shape, type, and texture in their grounds to provide an opportunity for play, study, and shelter. This booklet provides 13 case studies of English sites... 12/31/1989
Let's Go Outside: Designing the Early Childhood Playground Outdoor play is commonly believed to be an important form of play for young children. This shows how to design, equip, and maintain safe yet challenging playgrounds. The chapters are: (1) Why... 12/31/1998
Look Out Below: Navigating Playground Safety. Describes the evolution of impact-attenuating playground surfacing through trial and error with substances that were soft, yet defective in some other way. The advantages of soft surfaces to safety,... 08/31/2008
Making American Playgrounds Relevant. Describes how the outdoor social and physical environment that a child has access to is very strongly associated with how active children and their families are, reviewing the state of the American... 09/30/2006
Meeting Needs. Describes a variety of playgrounds with accessibility features. Some focus on accommodating the disabled only, while others on accessibility for users of all abilities. Surface playgrounds and... 09/30/2009
More than Child's Play. Reviews trends in playground equipment that include computerized features that encourage fitness activity, inclusion of natural elements of vegetation and water, movable play objects, and accessible... 10/31/2008
National Program for Playground Safety National clearinghouse for playground safety information. Conducts ongoing research in the area of injury prevention, compiles playground-related publications and documents, sponsors an annual...
National Recreation and Park Association, National Playground Safety Institute Provides information on playground safety and the Institute's playground and aquatic certification and accreditation programs.
Natural Environment Elevates the Learning Experience. DLR Group discusses ways that innovative and flexible outdoor spaces enhance the educational and social experience. Provides examples of patios, plazas, courtyards, amphitheaters, pathways, creative... 06/14/2011
Natural Learning Initiative The purpose of the Natural Learning Initiative is to promote the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research,...
Natural Playscapes: Creating Outdoor Play Environments for the Soul. 500 color photographs and illustrations of extraordinary outdoor places for young children, where the entire space is filled with art, hills, pathways, trees, herbs, open areas, sand, water, and... 12/31/2007
Nature and Nurture: Trends in Play Design. Reviews current trends in intergenerational playgrounds, including safe and accessible equipment, gardens, stimulation of physical activity, and inclusion of nature. Examples from across the nation... 06/30/2009
On Unsafe Ground. Examines the question of playground safety and why, when guidelines for safer surfaces and equipment are readily available, communities are still stumbling to create safer playgrounds. The twelve... 04/30/1999
One for All. Discusses how accessible equipment for children with disabilities makes integrated playground design a reality. Examples of playground designs are provided. 09/30/2000
Outdoor Environmental Assessment of Attention Promoting Settings for Preschool Children. The restorative potential of green outdoor environments for children in preschool settings was investigated by measuring the attention of children playing in settings with different environmental... 11/30/2009
Outdoor Play: Designing, Building, and Remodeling Playgrounds for Young Children. Argues that playgrounds must provide all children with opportunities for physical, social, constructive, dramatic, and game play. Suggests that considerations include playground regulations, safety,... 02/28/1997

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