“Providing A Space For Creative Play”
The Benefit of Natural Playgrounds by Ron King
Owner and President of Natural Playgrounds Architect
Architect Ron King started the Natural Playgrounds Company 20 years ago. The only organization in the world that designs and builds playgrounds without equipment so that children could experience creative, discovery-oriented “play” as it should be and often was for their parents and teachers. The company-designed natural learning and play landscapes in public and private schools, child care centers, public parks, and housing developments all them over the country.
Educators whose students are fortunate enough to have Natural Playgrounds, report that bullying and cliques disappear, children with ADHD calm down, kids with disabilities finally have access to the outdoors alongside their classmates, and teachers and parents say that play behavior is much more creative and inspired. The children who play in these beautiful landscapes develop an esthetic sensitivity, and a more resourceful and imaginative approach to day-to-day activities (including schoolwork!) and problem-solving.
The presentation looks at the play value and safety myths that govern traditional, manufactured playgrounds that have literally destroyed the creativity in children, and then looks at the way natural playgrounds are transforming and beautifying play environments while inspiring children to think differently about their surroundings and their place in the world.