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Natural Playground Research Project

Play Behaviors Before and After a Natural Playground Installation In an Early Childhood Setting

Lisa Kuh Ph.D., Iris Chin Ponte Ph.D., Clement Chau A.B.D.
Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Conclusion & References


This study sought to determine the impact of a natural playground on children's play experiences. Findings indicate that when children are given naturalistic affordances the incidents and duration of play increase thus providing children with more sustained natural play experiences. In addition, children's engagement in sustained natural play seems to prolong cooperative and construction play, especially when combined with opportunities for child-initiated physical movement - important factors in children's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Phase III data comparisons are forthcoming.


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