Natural Playgrounds

Natural Playground Designs

Water Play

Music, Sound, Art

Sand Play

Fun Things with Tree Parts

Embankment / Hill Slides

Rocks, Boulders

Loose Parts


Infants and Toddlers

TeePees Decks Gazebos Caves Log Houses Storage

Labyrinths, Sensory Boxes, Sundials

Mud Run, Challenge, Fitness

Upper Body, Exercise

Benches, Tables, Hammocks, Bridges, Signs

Gardening, Greening

Indoor Play

Fencing, gates


Awareness and Training

Gift Certificate


What Do Natural Play Areas Look Like?

Natural play areas often look like miniature natural landscapes.

Flat land is transformed into rolling hills, new moss-covered stone walls look like they've been there forever, vegetation grows where it looks right, weathered brick paths meander around "natural" features, sand play areas are scooped into the ground, fallen, or even "upside down" trees are perfect for climbing, natural rock piles make wonderful seats and climbing areas, loose parts for constructing things are all over the place...

Natural playgrounds!

and from Wikipedia:

“Natural Playgrounds are purposely complex interplays of land shapes, structures, and vegetation that fit with the land in ways that challenge and fascinate children and teach them about the wonders and intricacies of the natural world while they play within it.” (written for Wikipedia by Ron King in 2009)

Please review How are Natural Playgrounds different? for more information.