Lately many people have been talking about redesigning their preschool outdoor play areas and I have found a beauty: an Early Childhood Centre in New York.
The area includes a small bubbling water feature, “secret” paths between tall edible plants, carved wooden sculptures, a mini orchard with dwarf apple trees, gentle grassy hills, and raised planters full of flowers, vegetables and herbs. Children can drive tricycles through a large tunnel, dig in a giant sand area, and race down slides embedded in the side of a hill. Also in the design are various sound elements including large, tuned chimes played with mallets, a booming “Thunder Drum” for children to pound on, and a variety of twinkling wind chimes hung in trees.
The playscape is designed for infants and toddlers
This design, byPlanet Earth Playscapes, which is Rusty Keeler and Leon Smith,was awarded 2nd Place in an international playground design competition sponsored by the International Play Association.