Public Spaces for Play: Creating Natural Playspaces for Children 8-12 years in Urban Landscapes that Support Free, Imaginative and Creative Play

By Barbara Chancellor.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The importance of connecting children with nature has dramatically increased over the last generation. Children in modern urban environments no longer play freely outside, all over the neighbourhood and beyond. Today children's scheduled lives often incorporate sendentary downtime. The implications relate to both physical and mental health. Access to public natural playspaces where children can learn a myriad of life skills through play is the responsibility of today's adults. More importantly however, is the provision of playspaces that appeal to children. This presentation explores the essential features of playspaces and illustrates why so many public playgrounds are devoid of children.

Keywords: Outdoor Play

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.55-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 475.010KB).

Dr. Barbara Chancellor

Lecturer, Design and Social Context Portfolio, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I am a lecturer in the School of Education and my research interests include children’s learning through play and the provision of playspaces in early childhood settings, school playgrounds and public open spaces.

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