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Speel Natuur Tiengemeten (SN10G)

Speel Natuur Tiengemeten (SN10G)

A step back to summer 2013. On this island Vereniging tot Behoud van Natuurmonumenten in Nederland (English: Society for preservation of nature monuments in the Netherlands) created:

A natural play area

Natural Play Areas respond to recent studies that indicate children are spending less time outdoors and less time visiting parks. In Richard Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder," Louv argues that sensationalist media coverage and paranoid parents have literally "scared children straight out of the woods and fields," while promoting a litigious culture of fear that favors "safe," regimented, pre-manufactured playgrounds over imaginative play.1 Interaction with the natural landscape is thought to be crucial to the mental and physical health of children (Rubenstein, 1998). To bring youth back to nature, Natural Play Areas are outdoor spaces designated for play that are made of natural components such as plants, logs, water, sand, mud, boulders, hills and trees. These components represent the larger wild environment in a way that feels safe and manageable to young visitors. A few man-made components might also be carefully integrated to support creative play, encourage confident exploration and help children develop a lasting affinity for the natural world.

The designs of Natural Play Areas might borrow from a range of sites used by children around the world such as Playscapes, Natural Playgrounds, Alternative Playgrounds, Children’s Gardens, Nature Centers, Nature Camps or Adventure Playgrounds. Each Natural Play Area is also meant to be a unique and artful composition of natural components reflecting a local sense of place.

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  • Uploaded on October 21, 2013
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    by Erik van den Ham