What is a natural play space?

A natural play space allows children to explore their immediate world through being together and playing together in a naturalised setting: a play landscape where plants and trees provide the background for physical and creative challenges and fun.

How do you make a natural playscape?

What elements do you find in a natural playscape?

  1. Rocks and boulders.
  2. Tree stumps.
  3. Loose materials.
  4. Digging spaces.
  5. Water features.
  6. Simple shelters.
  7. Small hills, mounds or berms.
  8. Sensory or cottage gardens.

What is the best surface for a play area?

Top 5 Playground Surface Materials

  • 1.) Solid Rubber Surface. This is first on the list because it’s not only the safest, but it requires the least amount of maintenance.
  • 2.) Artificial Grass or Turf.
  • 3.) Play Sand and Pea Gravel.
  • 4.) Rubber Mulch (Nuggets or Shredded)
  • 5.) Engineered Wood Fiber aka: EWF.

How much does it cost to build a natural playground?

Medium Budgets ($15,000 to $25,000): To build a natural playground between $15,000 to $25,000, you can incorporate all of the elements from the Small Budget breakdown and implement them on a larger scale. The free-standing climber can be upgraded to a ring maze or large overhead ladder, and will run around $2,000.

What are the benefits of nature play?

Playing outdoors is important for developing capacities for creativity, symbolic play, problem solving and intellectual development. Outdoor play has clear physical benefits for developing children including helping children to acquire gross motor skills, eye-hand coordination and helping to prevent obesity.

Why are natural playgrounds important?

One of the greatest benefits of natural playgrounds is found in the way they help children improve their fine motor skills. A natural setting involves a vast array of textures, sensory activities, gardens and natural sounds to encourage children to engage all of their senses.

What is the best thing to put under a playset?

What to Put Under Your Swing Set

  • Wood playground mulch or engineered wood fiber (EWF)
  • Rubber playground mulch.
  • Pea gravel.
  • Sand.

What should be on the floor of a child’s play area?

Bonded rubber mulch is a great surface for a playground due to it’s cushioning properties and slip resistant surface. Rubber mulch is made from shredded recycled tires and our brand, JungleMulch, is water permeable and has the look of natural bark due to larger pieces of rubber granules.