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ERIC Number: ED440781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 143
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-57379-082-6
Let's Go Outside! Designing the Early Childhood Playground.
Theemes, Tracy
Outdoor play is commonly believed to be an important form of play for young children. This book shows teachers, child care providers, and other adults who work with 2- to 8-year-olds how to design, equip, and maintain safe yet challenging playgrounds. The chapters are: (1) "Why Playgrounds?" exploring the elements and value of outdoor play and safety versus challenge; (2) "Developmental Characteristics of Young Children," including physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development, and sensory experiences outdoors; (3) "Playground Design," including analyzing children's outdoor play patterns and needs, and assessing the outdoor environment and planning the layout; (4) "Furnishing the Outdoor Classroom," including stationary structures and loose, manipulative materials; (5)"Safety," including standards and guidelines; (6) "Supporting Children's Outdoor Play: The Adult's Role," outlining specific strategies; and (7) "Playground Assessment Case Study," including the surrounding community and recommendations. Seven appendices include observation records, inspection and incident report forms, and a list of toxic and nontoxic vegetation. (Contains 40 references.) (HTH)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, Ypsilanti, MI.