Great thought piece by Jay Beckwith about the need for play advocacy and not just designated play spaces.
This article was first published in Playground Professionals Newsletter, July 20, 2015
As a child of the sixties I spent my teen years grappling with the issues of the Vietnam War, the free speech movement, and civil rights. Our generation wanted to do something to make the world a better place.
Having graduated from San Francisco State with a major in art I went on to Pacific Oaks to learn to be an early childhood educator. One of the great things about Pacific Oaks is that they had preschool classes on campus and all of the graduate students had daily interaction with children. It was at Pacific Oaks that I first experienced a loose parts playspace. We used cable spools, old doors, boxes, tarps, and the like.
Seeing how well these worked I realized that I could combine what I could use in my background from both school and like…
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