Tragic Decline of the American Playground

As we are traveling around to different parts of the world, we’re getting to see and use all sorts of indoor and outdoor playgrounds.

To us, a playground is a space that’s dedicated to having equipment and objects that are there for the sole purpose of practicing the 6 basic Primordial Movements:

  • Crawling
  • Balancing
  • Hanging/Swinging
  • Jumping
  • Running
  • Tumbling

We have a few great outdoor playgrounds around us here in Beihai, China. We had a REALLY great indoor one at the GoGym in Chiang Mai, Thailand! 

We all want our children to be safe but the nationwide trend to make playgrounds more safe, colorful and plastic has led to unintended consequences. Our fear of getting hurt is weakening our minds, bodies, and spirits. Read the linked article to see what some experts are saying.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any favorite play spots and what are the characteristics that make them stand out? We’re always on the search for new playing/training grounds.

~Ramman & Dayna