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.

Abstract: 

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.

Publication Type: 
Magazine Article
Authors: 
Francis Wardle
Year of Publication: 
2018
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Child Care information Exchange
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
3
Edition: 
241
Pages: 
89-94
Publisher: 
Dimensions Educational Research Foundation
Date Published: 
Friday, June 1, 2018
Place Published: 
Lincoln, Nebraska
Publication Language: 
English
ISSN Number: 
ISSN 1946 0406
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