Children are constant learners, and many of their learning experiences occur during playtime. An extensive body of research has proven that outdoor play stimulates the development of speech, cognition, gross motor, fine motor, and social skills. Playgrounds and well-designed playground activities can create opportunities for collaborative play and social interaction, triggering such child development. The truth is that not all playgrounds are created equally. Some playgrounds are not accessible or inclusive, while others may lack adequate and consistent maintenance. These types of playgrounds are not supportive of learning experiences through play. It is important that playgrounds and other potential public play spaces are inclusive of all, including children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers with varying physical conditions and abilities.

 

Author NCPAD

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