Do you want to build a playground?
This article describes the history of playgrounds and then provides criteria for designing new playgrounds for early childhood programs. It uses Piaget's cognitive play stages, and Parten's social play stages, as the basis for these recommendations.
The design of school playgrounds has a long and interesting history. Today, most playgrounds are either artificial plastic and steel contraptions, placed on flat, boring surfaces, or totally naturalistic settings. This article suggests a third approach: the use of Parten's social play stages, and Piaget's cognitive play stages, to design early childhood playgrounds.
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