Thursday, June 17, 2010

Loose Parts Play in the Inner City

In April, I blogged about the importance of "loose parts" play and offered practical suggestions for ways incorporate more "loose parts" play into your children's and students' lives.

I recently learned of a wonderful new natural playground at the Crispus Attucks Children's Center in Boston's inner city neighborhood of Dorchester that provides a safe, natural place for kids to play. While the people involved in the creation of the playspace didn't specifically use the term "loose parts play" in their interviews, that's exactly what this playground provides. You can listen to a story about it here and read more here.

Do any of my readers live in the Dorchester area? Have you visited this playground? What more can you tell us about it?

For readers who don't live in the Dorchester area, do you know of a similar playground in your area? Are any of you involved in planning a new playspace like this? Many people are part of this movement. I'd love to share other examples here. (If there's a website, please provide the link, too).

I know I have regular readers from the UK, Canada, France, Morocco, and India. Are there playgrounds like this in your countries?

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