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!