Play Richness: Designing Great Spaces
Play Richness is the key factor in designing great play spaces where children of all ages and abilities can grow and learn through physical, sensory and social experiences.
Take spinning, for example. This activity is important in child development for all children:
- When children spin, multiple parts of the brain are stimulated simultaneously.
- This builds new and more developed pathways throughout the brain.
- These pathways improve learning potential, spatial awareness and rhythm.
- Spinning activities may develop pre-reading skills and concepts.
- Helps with improving balance, muscle control and gross motor skills.
Playworld products that support this activity:
We made adding a variety of Play Richness to your play space easy with our flash card set. It simplifies play experiences by dividing them into specialized play types such as spinning, tactile or cooperative play.Download Play Richness Flashcards
Encouraging User Engagement: Levels of Challenge
Everyone needs a challenge that is at or slightly above their current ability. Multiple challenge levels are important for two main reasons:
- People of all abilities will be engaged and want to return to try the next challenge.
- When those activities are placed near one another on the playground, people of different abilities can get to know one another.
Upper Body Challenge
Design In Action: Playground Inspiration
Roanoke, Virginia A 68-acre former golf course in Roanoke, Virginia was transformed into a community recreational area for all ages and abilities.