Montessori School Yarralumla Preschool Canberra Australia The Australian

Montessori school yarralumla preschool canberra

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Montessori School & Yarralumla Preschool - Canberra, Australia The Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Department of Education and Training. set out to develop a ‘no limits’ play environment for children at Yarralumla Primary School. The children’s groups using this space include preschoolers, normal functioning elementary students, and special needs hearing impaired students. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 61
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The first step in planning this playground was the development of a well defined brief whose main objective was to provide for imaginative play spaces, and for interactive play designed to encourage the flexibility and creativity of the children. The next step to ensuring that imagination was a primary element of the design was collaborating with the children in developing their ‘ideal’ playground. The result is an integrated playground design that connects multiple buildings and allows a free flow between interior and exterior environments. Each playground component is designed into a place with unique themes, meaning and possibilities for children’s active and pretend play patterns. The playground includes a gunleaf sand pit, a seashore teaching space, a rainforest spray and dry creek bed area, a birch forest with a secret nook, a vegetable garden, a digging patch, a commons lawn and a people path. The entire design is not static. It flows in an informal manner, allowing children from different buildings on this child-sized campus, to interact freely with each other and to imagine themselves gods or fairies, as they wish to pretend. The Discovery Garden, Walt Disney World - Epcot Centre, Buena Vista The Kid’s Garden, created for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, featured five integrated areas that focused on using colour, music, play structure elements and plant material to open up self-directed play opportunities for children of all ages (including some adults). With up to 700 visitors per hour, the garden was a highlight of this 6 week event and reinforced the importance of allowing children’s imaginations to lead play activity. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 62
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The garden was designed to be a multi-sensory experience that triggered children’s memories and fantasies. The entrance to the site was marked by a rainbow arch composed of lush annual plants arranged in a moss frame. A path through all the areas of the garden, like the yellow brick road, but composed of the colours of the rainbow, spilled onto the ground plane running in all directions. A colour coded theme helped parents and children find their way around the playground. The garden itself included various activity zones interwoven between islands of lush plants and colours. Some of the varied play environments included activity zones, a musical garden, a cypress forest and a small maze. Pre-manufactured play equipment such as slides, tubes, monkey bars, nets and swings were transformed from mega-structures into individual nodes based on different themes.
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