Natural Outdoor Play Equipment Around the World

Teepees! Inside were drums to play with!
Flag stone border makes natural steps 
A simple rock garden built by the children. 
This climbing structure can also be used as whatever the kids can imagine.
The log animal was built by parents. 
Here is a tree stump table under a crab apple tree.
The kids really liked to paint here. 
Here is an easy idea for a see-saw a log plus a board. 

Here is a sandbox simply made from rocks. 
A floating bridge made of rope and wood.
Shallow water, stepping stones for water play
A water wheel. 
Natural waterfall for play and a small stream to jump across. 
Rock climbing wall built into a hill.
In natural play all elements are present, including fires (with supervision of course)




Natural theater seating! 







Comments

I really enjoyed looking at all your images - I'm a preschool teacher in a progressive preschool in australia with a passion for outdoor learning and natural playspaces so I love finding posts like yours!
It's really great and you guys are doing great job.. nice collection..truly i inspired from this write up, thanks a lot for sharing this information here..
Amelia said…
I would love this! So is this a commercial playground at all? It's really well done and organized, looks so fun :) Thank you for sharing. I wish I had this kind of playground equipment for my school.
Hello Amelia, yes that is a commercial playground. Although those look fun and are what are used in many parks and playgrounds, the latest research shows natural playgrounds have less injuries and greater benefits. Here is a link to a great website that describes natural playgrounds and also lists possible sources of financial funding for schools wishing to install one http://naturalplaygrounds.com/findthemoney.php. Hope that helps!
Very creative structures. I'm sure kids are drawn to them more than the standard playground. Thanks for sharing

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