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Developmental Benefits of Play on a Natural Playground

  title={Developmental Benefits of Play on a Natural Playground},
  author={S. Ethier},
Children are spending less time outside in nature (Gray, et al., 2015; Louv, 2008). The purpose of this project is to provide the research and rationale on the importance of providing young children with the opportunity to play outdoors on a natural playground. The guiding question for this project is: How does play on natural playgrounds vs. traditional playgrounds contribute to the holistic development of young children? In the literature review, I draw on recent research in the fields of… Expand
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  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • 2008
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