"We found that outdoor play spaces that contain materials that children could manipulate -- sand, water, mud, plants, pathways and other loose parts -- offered more developmental and play opportunities than spaces without these elements."
'Instead of traditional swings and slides, the kids want places where they can hide, play with dirt and be creative."
Taking back the playground is a 5 year study in Canada by Susan Herrington, a professor in the University of B.C.'s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, which found that 87 per cent of the time the conventional equipment -- monkey bars, swings, slides and climbing structures -- remained empty.
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