KEYS 4 Healthy Kids supports youth being active by helping schools and daycares learn about natural playgrounds. And once they learn, we do everything we can to help them build! This provides a cost effective play environment for children of all ages.
The process to build a natural playground begins with funding. Once that is taken care of, the planning begins. We work in collaboration with a contractor to create a specific design for the site. Once this design is approved, we make it happen with the help of community volunteers. The natural playgrounds are designed to include various learning elements to increase interest in physical activity. Many of these playgrounds will have fruit and vegetable components to help children learn firsthand about healthier foods.
Check out this article by Laura Dice to learn more! A Playground Designed by Children
The pictures below are from a work day at St. Agnes where we are installing a natural playground. Tons of kids and members of the community came out to help, which is exactly what we want!
Click the images below to see some examples of finished natural playgrounds.
Look at this powerpoint to learn more! Garden and Natural Playgrounds