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Category Archives: Play

The Importance of Play

10 Features Children Need in Public Places

Play is essential for children’s physical, mental, emotional, and social development. But not all play is created equal, and not every playground is designed for children's needs in mind. Read about ten features children need and love to see in their public spaces.

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8 Benefits of Outdoor Play Spaces

Well-designed outdoor play spaces directly benefit child development and creativity. Here are just 8 of the numerous benefits: Outdoor play spaces provide an outlet for different types of play including function/motor development, construction, socio-dramatic, and games with rules. They allow children to connect with nature and develop a relationship with the world around them. They help…
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Taking Adventure Nature Play to the Street!

On Friday Morning, September 18th, The West Studio was not immersed in usual office activities, but was making quite an exciting commotion as their enthusiasm for healthy children’s environments spilled out onto Hiawatha Place South. A vibrantly green display was taking shape in the form of an adventure nature playground. It was PARK(ing) Day 2015,…
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Re-discovering the Nature of a Playground

Play is an important part of creativity and child development – as designers our goal is to support and encourage children to play by building playgrounds that maximize opportunities for learning and engagement. For us, that means always remembering to make playgrounds not just accessible, but inclusive of all children and caregivers, and their broad spectrum…
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