Following up on my notion that we need to develop a “pattern language” for play settings I am making a list of blogs that can make contributions to that end. This is my first installment and they represent the sites that are “top of mind” for me. Where possible I have provided a link to a specific post in each blog that seems relevant. These are in no particular order and are not meant to be a review of the entire blog.
One of my gripes about playground designs is that they are almost totally devoted to active play. The Playground Pattern Language should list all the recognized types and put forward the idea that they should all be included.
Here’s a great list: Types of Play
I’ve previously mentioned Paige Johnson’s blog Playscapes. She is a strong advocate of using pathways for play rather than separators.
When playgrounds fail to engage kids, parents are forced to take matters into their own hands. I’m a big fan of Angie Six’s blog The Risky Kids. Here’s a post about the value of climbing trees:
One way to “publish” the Playground Pattern Language is as a Pinterest. Here’s a wonderful example of a company doing “natural” playscapes: