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
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This study sought to determine the impact of
a natural playground on children's play
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children are given naturalistic affordances
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