Children treat play as an end in itself while adults treat it as a means which may serve several developmental functions. Although traditional educational thinking had emphasised academic work rather than play as the important learning tool at the time, opinion was changing rapidly. Originally published in 1980, these essays drawn from papers given at the International Playground Association’s Seventh World Conference, concentrate on the planning and design of play programmes and play environments. The book reviews the historical approach to play, play in the home, play in institutional settings, handicapped children, planning for play in extreme climatic conditions and play environments beyond the traditional playground. It also considers the child and the urban environment, discussing high-rise residential environments, and the street and the city.

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Edited ByPaul F. Wilkinson

part One|118 pages

Toward the Perfect Play Experience

chapter 1|11 pages

Toward the Perfect Play Experience

ByPolly Hill

chapter 2|11 pages

‘Standard’ Versus ‘Adventure’ Playground

ByBrenda Fjeldsted

chapter 4|9 pages

Youth Farms

ByEdgar Boehm

chapter 5|12 pages

Safety in Children’s Formal Play Environments

ByPaul F. Wilkinson, Robert S. Lockhart

chapter 6|6 pages

Play Environments in Arid Lands

ByWilliam B. Watkins

chapter 7|20 pages

The Winter Use of Playgrounds

ByPaul F. Wilkinson, Robert S. Lockhart, Ethel M. Luhtanen

chapter 8|16 pages

Play in a Cold Climate

ByHarvey A. Scott

part Two|133 pages

Urban Planning with the Child in Mind

chapter 9|11 pages

Respect the Child: Urban Planning with the Child in Mind

ByPaul Davidoff

chapter 11|23 pages

Outdoor Play in Housing Areas

ByElizabeth Chace, George Ishmael

chapter 12|12 pages

Can Children Play at Home?

ByLouise Gaunt

chapter 13|8 pages

How High Shall we Rise? The Great Unanswered Question

ByOtto Weininger

chapter 14|11 pages

Children’s Play in Indoor Spaces: Focus on High-Rise

ByAnne-Marie Pollowy

chapter 15|14 pages

City Streets: The Child’s Image as a Basis for Design

ByGalia Weiser

chapter 16|13 pages

Street Play: Re-Creating Networks for the Urban Child

ByEllen Jacobs, Peter Jacobs

chapter 17|20 pages

Beyond Playgrounds: Planning for Children’s Access to the Environment

ByCecilia Perez, Roger A. Hart