ERIC Number: ED297904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Design Ideas for Play Spaces for Three to Six Year Olds: Educational Building Digest 19.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Bangkok (Thailand). Principal Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
This illustrated guide for designing and building children's playgrounds opens with a definition of "play space" as a joyful, safe, healthy environment which builds strong bodies and develops emotional stability. Section 1, "Why Play Spaces Are Needed," includes some observations about children's developmental needs and how those needs are being challenged by current social and economical changes. Section 2, "How Can Play Spaces Help Children Learn?" illustrates characteristics of growth-producing play space. Section 3, "General Criteria for Play Spaces," discusses location, safety and children's anticipated behavior. Section 4, "Design Ideas for Play Spaces," gives advice for storage and ground surfaces. Section 5, "General Criteria for Play Equipment," draws implications for the design of play equipment based on (Korean and Japanese) children's heights. Section 6, "Design Ideas For Play Equipment," is based on the use of common materials. This section also offers several pages of ideas for fixed and moveable equipment, along with some safety advice, and includes numerous detailed drawings and measurements (using the metric system) of the suggested equipment. The entire booklet is amply illustrated with drawings and pictures, and includes a list of references. (TES)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Bangkok (Thailand). Principal Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
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