First United Methodist Church – Natural Playground

This month we focused on a growing trend in North America – Playscapes!

The creation of natural playgrounds contain elements that are part of nature or made up of natural materials such as trees, shrubs, logs, stones, sand, water, wooden tree houses, and wood chip trails.

Natural Playgrounds help children develop other beneficial behaviors in addition to physical skills. These behaviors include social skills, cooperation, and the ability to solve problems. Natural playgrounds stimulate a child’s imagination and creativity.

It is important that there are constructive things for children to do in a natural playground. For example, children often like to dig in sand, create dams in water channels, stack stones or logs, and build structures. Their creations can give children great satisfaction.

A natural playground is a good place to play hide and seek. A varied landscape can encourage children to use their imagination.

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