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The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds That Enhance Children's Development
Susan G. SolomonE-book: $39.99
So what's the alternative to standard-issue playgrounds? Solomon envisions multipurpose, multigenerational urban parks that incorporate spaces where kids can take charge of their own play. Instead of a fixed bridge in a plastic fort, they would have to use their imagination to decide which objects could be converted to play equipment. Such a challenging play space also would include nooks where kids could temporarily escape the nervous gaze of their caregivers. There would be no fences, plenty of trees and bushes, and good seating.
The conclusion of the author’s research is that playgrounds should be multigenerational and mesh with the surrounding environment. Peppered with color and black-and-white illustrations, this well-written, well-researched book is a much-needed inspiration for and to children. . . . Recommended.
Susan Solomon provides the missing link of playground design: serious research about how the built form of the playground affects children, parents, and even whole communities. In so doing, she exposes both the failure of the American playground and its enormous potential. Great places for play are great places for life: read this book to learn how, and why, to make them.
—Paige Johnson, editor of Play-Scapes.com
Through the Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds that Enhance Children's Development, Susan G. Solomon strongly advocates for the revamping of playgrounds in the United States. . . . She makes the case for replicating the playgrounds of Europe and Japan that provide spaces for taking risks, solving problems, experiencing natural consequences, and engaging in multiple-generational social interactions.
—American Journal of Play
We should stop settling. That’s what this necessary book tells us: our playgrounds don’t have to be the homogenous, soulless places that they are. Instead, they can be places of great possibility-more stimulating, more inventive, more inclusive, more alive. (And less expensive, too.) With stunning case studies from across the world, Susan Solomon shows us how far behind we are-and gives us a blueprint for how to catch up. We have no more excuses.
—Nicholas Day, author of Baby Meets World: Suck, Smile, Touch, Toddle: A Journey Through Infancy
SUSAN G. SOLOMON (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is the author of American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space and Louis I. Kahn’s Jewish Architecture. She heads her own research firm, Curatorial Resources & Research, in Princeton, New Jersey.