Outdoor play is important to us and integral to the development of children. So, when we teamed up with Wearthy (previously Own Grown Organics) for our playground renovation, we made sure the children were the main focus of the design.
By incorporating elements of risk throughout the space, we are helping build resilient, confident kids. Qualities we hope they take home with them and keep for the rest of their lives.
With our multi-leveled outdoor area, we have various separated zones for slow and fast-moving activities. We also have a secluded play area for children looking for some quiet time.
We believe that kids should have an understanding of how their food gets to their plate. By growing and maintaining a vegetable garden, we are encouraging each child’s positive relationship with food.
Our sustainable playground connects children with the outdoors by fostering a relationship with nature and supporting the type of play children need to grow into independent, compassionate, fulfilled humans.
Remember when you were a child; playing outside, climbing trees, grazing elbows, laughing, crying, exploring, dreaming, discovering? For many, these are some of the fondest memories we have. A time when responsibility was absent, when freedom was abundant and we were discovering the foundation of who we were going to become.
“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘All the Things That Could Go Wrong.” - Marianne Williamson
While play builds brain pathways for lifelong skills, such as empathy, creativity and confidence, it also impacts a child’s cognitive and motor skills. Essentially, play is learning. And what better place for children to learn than outside where senses are heightened, imagination is activated and relationships begin to flourish.
This is what motivates us to create environments for children to develop into kind, compassionate humans. If we can offer kids the platform and give them the tools, then their curiosity and initiative takes over - allowing a world of discovery and wonder.
We want children to take risks, be brave and experience the outdoors like we did growing up. Building a relationship with nature not only deepens our understanding of the environment but encourages respect for our planet, each other and ourselves – we LOVE to assist in turning children into conscious, respectful young adults.