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Play Poverty: 43 Reasons We Must Fight It

By Neve Spicer Play involves imagination, creativity, and innovation. For young people, it is both fun and essential. They need play in order to flex, stretch, and grow their muscles; not only their physical ones, but also the emotional, cognitive, and imaginative muscles of their minds. But here’s the thing… We are seeing a global […]

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10 Favourite Natural Playground Elements

We think that natural elements should be a key part of any playground, not just an afterthought. It pays to start by creating a natural ‘canvas’, defining the main pathways where people will transition through the site (‘desire’ lines) and then create natural elements around that. Think about this from the start and then design […]

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10 Playground Elements For Tiny Tots

Toddlers are bundles of energy. They’re constantly squirming, crawling, spinning, and jumping. Playgrounds can be great environments for toddlers to play, challenge their abilities and engage their senses. But play spaces often require a bit more intention in design to make them appropriate and fun for younger kids. We’ve put together a collection of ten […]

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10 Free Resources To Help You Create Your Own Playground

Building your own playground can be a daunting task. Whether it’s to be part of a school, an early childhood centre, or as part of a community you’re involved with, there is much to think about. How do I work with the community to ensure that they and their needs are at the centre of […]

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1 Million

On November 7th 2017, Playground Ideas’ impact reached 1 MILLION children. And 2018 also marks Playground Ideas’ ten year anniversary! In that time, over 2147 communities have built play spaces to improve their children’s education, health and long term life outcomes. Communities everywhere, in 143 countries have used our support and resources. In 2005 Marcus, […]

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10 Organisations Bringing Play To Kids All Over The World

Soon after Playground Ideas began, we realised that we were not the only people building playgrounds. We started discovering like-minded individuals and organisations all over the globe, and we decided to create a network, believing that we could do more work, and better work, together than we could apart. And so the Global Play Alliance […]

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Our 10 Favourite Playgrounds

Playground Ideas, in addition to creating resources that allow you to create your own playgrounds, also consults on and creates custom designs and builds for organisations and community groups.  Every one of Playground Ideas’ designs is customised based on three things (with the overlay of any budgetary constraints). First and foremost, an extensive community consultation. […]

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10 Inspiring TED Talks on Play

I’m sure we’re not the only ones that have at some point, probably in the early hours of the morning, found ourselves falling down a rabbit hole of TED Talks. There is a wealth of inspiring, informative and entertaining content there and the topic of play is no exception. Today, we’ve compiled ten of our […]

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10 Favourite DIY Swing Designs

In the last post we talked about some of our most imaginative play elements. But that doesn’t mean that the humble swing is not still a great addition to any playground. And in fact, there’s more than just one way to build one. Here’s a mix of some classics and also some of our more […]

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10 Imaginative Play Elements

When you think of a playground, do you automatically think of a swing set, a slide and a see-saw? If you answered yes, then this post is for you. Below are ten of our most imaginative play elements, popular the world over and super great at encouraging kids’ creative and imaginative play. Just create a […]

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10 Favourite Loose Parts

In our last post, we looked at some of our simplest, cheapest playground elements that fit together to create a unique playground that would fit within a school or pre-school ground. But sometimes, we just don’t have the space to create those kinds of structures or designs. Enter Loose Parts and the plethora of possibilities […]

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10 of our Easiest & Cheapest Designs

This year, Playground Ideas turns ten, and we have hit the huge milestone of impacting one million children! To celebrate we will be sharing with you over the coming weeks some of our favourite designs and resources to help you create your own dream DIY playground, and will be encouraging you to donate $10 (or […]

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