Children's perception on the design of their playground

A.T. Paraskevopoulou, A. Athanasiou
The importance of child play is well recognized. Children through play have the opportunity to develop their social behavior, emotions, creativity, cognitive and physical skills that are essential for their wellbeing. Children's playgrounds constitute an important resource of green space however in many cases their design limits the benefits that could be derived from child play. The design of children's playgrounds is mainly adult driven. Recently the importance of involving children in playground design has been recognized. A questionnaire survey was undertaken to study the perceptions of children on the design of their playgrounds. Results showed that the majority of the children visit playgrounds on weekends, during evening hours, accompanied by their parents for 1-2 h. In general children's preference for play equipment differed as well as their choice for free and unstructured play activities. Most children expressed the desire to have planting within the playground and in particular children showed a preference for tree species The results of the survey could inform the design of playgrounds as creative play areas and support child and youth social, emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.
Paraskevopoulou, A.T. and Athanasiou, A. (2017). Children's perception on the design of their playground. Acta Hortic. 1189, 143-146
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1189.28
child play, imaginative play, youth, wellbeing, creativity, survey

Acta Horticulturae