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How to Build a Natural Playscape

In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary design targeted to kids. Week 3: How to Make A Natural Playscape.
 

Natural playscapes are some of the most popular playgrounds being designed and reflect wider cultural concerns about sustainability and interaction with nature. They intentionally avoid plastic and metal and emphasize locally sourced and recycled materials in their construction. Municipalities are embracing the concept since even a custom-designed natural playground can be much less expensive than off-the-shelf manufactured components. That’s true for backyard settings as well, where making your own natural playscape can be an economical alternative to purchasing a traditional playset. Natural playscape ideas are readily adaptable to sites large and small, so choose from these to make your own unique space for family play! If you create one, send it to me...maybe you’ll end up on the playscapes blog!

Step 1: Make a HillWhen I was little, my mom asked the builders in our new subdivision to leave a dump truck sized load of dirt in the yard. Raked smooth and sodded, it became the center of all our childhood play. We rode trikes and then bikes up and down its slopes, sledded on it in the winter, used a tarp to make impromptu water slides in the summer, and created an array of constantly changing games in which it was the center of a castle or a fort or a rocket ship. We had a swingset too, but the hill got much more use. If you can add only one thing to your family playspace, make it a hill. Leave it as a plain pile, or shape it like this one.Image courtesy of mortar and pestle studios.

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