Children and nature go together like bread and butter. Natural playgrounds, like the one at Summers-Knoll, help children learn to assess risk, which is a deeply valuable (and life-long) skill. They also encourage imagination, because it isn't obvious how elements should be used. In our playground, children find vines to swing on, logs to roll (great insect studies), and branches to make into swings. Our playground encourages whole body activities - climbing, throwing, jumping, and running. It also encourages teamwork, as heavy logs need to be moved, and friends call out, "Hey, help me with this, will you?" Forts are built, deconstructed, and built again.
|A fort is being built|