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carolynagypsy
chloelg, you are absolutely right. We have been so frustrated by the yard designs that well meaning adults have planned for children that are not what children need or want - giant plastic climbing structures surrounded by a concrete bike path. With mud pits, gardens, boulders, rock creek beds, sand pits with sticks, branches, stones all you need is the children and a great teacher/adult to extend and engage the children and the learning never ends.
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Pristine Acres
I really enjoyed reading this article! Here are some examples of landscape designs that incorporate elements you suggested:
   
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Lindsay

Thank you - this was a really lovely read - one of my rare bookmarks! I would love to provide a miniature wild for my small children to grow up in, but we recently moved to a dense postwar cookie cutter suburb with a completely empty backyard - seriously, nary a shrub.

But BECAUSE I have very young children, I find that I don't really have the time, energy, and perhaps most importantly, money, I would need to create a wonderland from scratch. Or maybe I'm just overwhelmed by the blank expanse of a rectangular lawn with zero natural interest...

   
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