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Friday, July 15th, 2011

Top 10 Most Imaginative Playgrounds Around the World

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“The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.”
G.K. Chesterton

Playgrounds are the heart of a community’s gathering place and the play zones for old and young imaginations alike. They are the spaces where children meet the outdoors, challenge their physical abilities and stretch their imaginations. Through social, physical and imaginative play, they learn about their communities and themselves. Celebrating the landscapes that communities create to nurture children’s imaginations and foster creativity, InCultureParent presents the most imaginative playgrounds around the world.

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1. Various Towns, Denmark: Monstrum Playgrounds


Artfully designed wooden playgrounds with topsy-turvy angles.
courtesy: Monstrum Playgrounds

© 2011 – 2013, Ksenia Kruglyanskaya. All rights reserved.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Ksenia Kruglyanskaya was born in Moscow during the Soviet Union. She moved with her family to California on the brink of the Soviet's collapse and has since been raised on the coastal side of Northern California. She has traveled many countries around the world, and has lived abroad in both Paris and in the Amazon region of Ecuador. She works with children and strives to provide multilingual and multicultural childcare to the varied cultures with whom she works.

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10 Comments
  1. CommentsWhat are your grounds for play? « Fluxstruck   |  Tuesday, 13 December 2011 at 11:41 am

    […] Top 10 Most Imaginative Playgrounds Around the World […]

  2. CommentsLaura Barta   |  Friday, 27 April 2012 at 5:32 am

    I haven’t been to any of there, but another great one is the Diana Memorial Playground in London. It’s a ship shape.

  3. CommentsRachelle   |  Friday, 14 September 2012 at 6:07 am

    We’ve been to Clemyjontri (a hard to spell conglomeration of the funder’s kids’ names). I loved the attention to detail on the swings for special needs children and the large color blocks. The padded surface is excellent for new walkers and unsure steppers. The park is always clean, the merri-go-round is awesome, and there are bathrooms and vending machines right on the grounds.

  4. CommentsLou   |  Friday, 28 December 2012 at 7:25 am

    Am a UK Primary School teacher and just wanted to say thank you for such an inspiring article – I plan to inspire my class to design their own wonderful playground and hope they are inspired by these playgrounds as I have been. Thank you.

  5. CommentsThe Editors   |  Friday, 28 December 2012 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for your comments! And wow Lou! Thanks for the kind comment. Every child deserves to have a thoughtful and inspiring teacher like you.

  6. CommentsAndy   |  Wednesday, 12 June 2013 at 7:10 am

    Great article. Thanks. Check out these guys http://grassrootsplay.com/ They’re a British company and do some really inspiring natural stuff.

  7. Comments14 niezwykłych placów zabaw z całego świata - TakieTe.pl   |  Sunday, 15 December 2013 at 7:57 am

    […] źródło: incultureparent […]

  8. Commentsplaymap.jp   |  Wednesday, 29 January 2014 at 9:14 pm

    nice overview, for thousands of the best playgrounds in Japan please visit http://www.playmap.jp

  9. CommentsJohn Gasllanders   |  Sunday, 30 March 2014 at 3:39 am

    The strangest playground in the world
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/playmovie/back-to-the-land-an-adventure-play-documentary

    http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone/358631/

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/22109977/the-strangest-playground-on-earth/

  10. CommentsJeff McCarroll   |  Saturday, 13 September 2014 at 8:02 am

    Takino Park is ‘outside Tokyo’?” Really?

    I guess so. It is only about 1,000 miles away (a little over 1,500km) from Tokyo. It is kind of like saying New York is “just outside of Miami”, or London is “just outside of Monaco”.

    Technically you are right. The Moon is outside of Tokyo. All these playgrounds are outside Tokyo.









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