ERIC Number: ED215771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Prairie Winter Play Patterns: (b) Winter and Play. Research Project 10.
Thomsen, Charles H.; Borowiecka, Alexandra
This guidebook provides an empirically-based set of planning and design guidelines for the construction of winter play facilities for Canadian youth residing in locations where outdoor play in winter is curtailed for approximately 4 months of the year. Information used in developing the guidelines was derived from field observations, a literature review, and a field experiment. Contents of the first six parts of the volume briefly describe and discuss the field experiment, romantic responses to and realistic aspects of winter, the nature of play and children's need for play, the response of children to winter on the Canadian prairie, and a preliminary test of design guidelines. The seventh part presents guidelines for developing winter play areas. Guidelines are provided for site planning, design, and activities, and for play structures, mounds, plant material and playground surfaces. Substantially more than half of the guidebook consists of four workbooks: Workbook One describes physical aspects of winter; Workbook Two reports observations of children's responses to winter; Workbook Three provides design notes for a school winter playground; and Workbook Four provides basic information about seasonal plants that could be used in environmental education activities. In conclusion, a brief review of related literature is provided. (RH)
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Climate, Design Requirements, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Plant Identification, Play, Playground Activities, Playgrounds, Resource Materials, Site Development
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Canadian Housing Information Centre, Montreal Road, National Office, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A OP7 (free of charge).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; Winter
Note: Part of the research program undertaken by the Children's Environments Advisory Service for the International Year of the Child.