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Let’s Start a Revolt!

Where I live playgrounds are all the same. At our preschool we tried to design a different kind of playground but through the twists and turns of regulations we were foiled and ended up with the cookie cutter version. You know the kind, yellow and green with a plastic slide and a non challenging climber. Sure kids play on it, but they spend more time on the giant rock in the yard.

 The rock that cost nothing versus the gazillion dollar cookie cutter playground.  It’s rather discouraging.

But in another example of worlds colliding there’s this:

Artists and Playgrounds. Yup, artists are designing playgrounds.

 

 

 

 

These photos pretty much leave me speechless. Which if you know me is a very rare state for me to be in.

They are all featured in a blog called Playscapes, the author of which says:

How many playscapes are beautiful enough to qualify for a place in a permanent art collection?  How would playgrounds be different if they had to?

Amen to that.

 And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, I give you this:

The Crocheted Playground

Can we start a revolt on the cookie cutter versions!?

About Kim

Kim is an admitted ECE geek. She and Danielle have bonded over their shared geekdom and have come to terms with it. She is a pedagogical facilitator working with educators in a number of early learning settings supporting and extending new thinking and practice. She loves reading, writing, talking and sharing ideas about the potentials of teaching and learning with ece's and young children. ECE geeks unite!

2 thoughts on “Let’s Start a Revolt!

  1. I don’t know if this would have helped you, but we call our playground “an outdoor classroom.” It’s not cookie cutter at all! It’s amazing how differently adults approach the space when they think of it as a classroom.

    I love the Playscapes blog. We referred to it quite a bit while figuring out our space.

  2. I’ve read about your outdoor space, and you’ve definitely begun the revolt! Interesting how changing the language is such a powerful way of changing perspectives. Our experience with the cookie cutter playground occurred about 6 years ago during a particular regime of regulations that has since been relaxed. The preschool is now installing an outdoor work/carpentry area, and what used to be a grassy area is now a muddy river dug up by many small shovels. So we have begun a revolt in our own small way.
    Thanks for checking us out!

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