Ice can be cut formed and lit to create magical winter structures As Mr Thomsen

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that form winter wonderlands. Ice can be cut, formed and lit to create magical winter structures. As Mr. Thomsen concludes: The winter play environment provides all ‘the loose parts’ characteristic of the adventure playground. With small and thoughtful design considerations such as buffers, landforms and niches designers can easily and cheaply transform the winter playground (Winter and Play, p. 4-1). Manitoba Playgrounds Manitoba is rich in ecological and topographical environments. It would be a valuable exercise to begin thinking of portions of children's playgrounds as potential naturalized areas where children are exposed to and can play with all that our environment has to offer. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 32
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B. The Educational Process as a Basis for Playground Development Ideology It has been well established by social scientists that children use play times and play environments to solidify the abstract lessons they are learning in school and in their personal lives. A playground designed solely for physical activity only partially fulfills a child’s play needs as he/she develops. Learning Through Landscapes - England A most innovative example of expanding informal educational resources and environments into the playground is found in England. Since 1990, Learning Through Landscapes (LTL), a non-profit organization devoted to enriching learning opportunities for children, has helped over 24,000 schools across the United Kingdom to bring lasting improvements to the environmental quality and educational use of their grounds. LTL provides many services for citizens and designers. For example, do it yourself community groups can purchase guidance video tapes and manuals for constructing their own environmental learning grounds for a very small charge. The organization is also involved in ongoing research and dissemination of new information. Some LTL resources for designers include: curriculum development handbooks and E–Scape magazine, a quarterly publication that contains ideas, issues, diaries, case studies and resources. Learning through Landscapes can be found at .ltl.or g.uk . LTL has developed a sufficient profile to be able to lobby United Kingdom governments to seriously assess all playgrounds and to consider creating a financial plan for achieving renovations. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 33
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The Landscape Design and Community Unit (LDCU) at Leeds Polytechnic is considered to have expertise in designing playgrounds for education after completing over 23 projects in this field. The educational process at LTL is not only about children. For example, the Local Management of Schools (LMS) is a program designed to teach community groups about the maintenance involvement required after learning grounds have been developed.
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