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Natural Playground


What is a Bienenstock Natural Playground?

“A Bienenstock Natural Playground is one where all aspects of early childhood development are considered in the design. Adam Bienenstock, the industry’s leader in designing Natural Playgrounds, works with an ECE specialist and a Kinesiologist, to ensure that your children’s needs are met. His philosophy behind accessibility allows him to anticipate the needs of all children. His understanding of the importance of shade make him the industry leader in plant material, where all of his designs always include mature trees and indigenous species. Adam Bienenstock’s commitment to the environment is also very evident in his designs, where all materials are either of a natural nature or where this is not possible the use of 100% recycled materials is prescibed. Adam also understands that traditional playground design focuses on gross motor activity and presents an ‘activity centre’ or structure as the single focus of the space. His natural playground designs spread these gross motor activities throughout the space and add creative play, quiet space, music, art and nature. Bienenstock natural playground is fully accessible. People with different physical abilities can access his playgrounds, for example; people in wheelchairs can access components from the seat of their chairs; while providing full access he still maintains soft, CSA approved, low impact surfacing. In this style of playground, accessibility refers to people of all abilities, fitness levels, intelligence, creativity, cultures, and genders. Bienenstock’s natural playgrounds are inviting, not intimidating; suggestive, not prescriptive; inclusive, not exclusive, and open to all who want to explore nature and their own imagination. Take a look at the different components that make a Bienenstock Natural Playground.”

  1. Anita Van Asperdt said,

    September 24, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Check out under the resouces tab for more articles and observations on natural play environments. Also on the home page there is a tab so you can become a member on our linked-in group on natural playgrounds. If you email links or post articles on natural play on the linked-in group we will post them on the website.
    And of course if you haven’t read it yet read Richard Louve’s “Last Child in the Woods” on inspiration to natural playground designers all over the world!

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