Links | Playgrounds

I’ve never given playgrounds much thought, till I started to bring my crawling 8+ month old to the ones around our neighbourhood. A couple of months on, playground visits are now a lot more frequent (daily, if time and weather permit) and more interesting, as he clambers up and down slides and steps, crawls under and around structures and – a favourite activity of his I’m not so hot about – tears up dried leaves.

Here, I’m starting a collection of links to interesting reads on playgrounds and playground design.

  1. What makes Berlin a playground paradise

There are about 1,850 public playgrounds in Berlin, a city of nearly four million inhabitants, of which about half a million are under 18. Statistically, this is a great ratio, especially compared with other more densely populated European cities. But sheer quantity is not what makes Berlin a playground paradise.

Guided by what most German parents consider a healthy chance for children to mitigate risk in the interest of developing selbstständigkeit, self-sufficiency — or what some American parents might deem a total lack of concern for child safety — playgrounds here are physically challenging and ambitious in design.

This piece was shared by PM Lee on Facebook!

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Here’s hoping Singapore gets more interesting playgrounds soon.

2. What happens when children build their own three-storey playgrounds?

An example of a bauspielplatz, also in Berlin!

3. City of Calgary developing “natural playgrounds” to encourage self-directed outdoor play 

“…instead of traditional equipment such as swings, slides and monkey bars, the playgrounds could feature natural play elements such as plants, boulders, wood and sand.”

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