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! 


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 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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