Book Chapter

A history of playspaces

C Pascoe, K Masiulanis, E Cummins

How to Grow a Playspace: Development and Design | Routledge - Taylor & Francis | Published : 2017

Abstract

Children's play has existed across every human culture and time period.1 However, the history of play spaces specially designed for children is relatively short. The idea that children need separate places for their games is a modern notion, virtually unknown before the nineteenth century. Archaeologists struggle to recreate a detailed sense of children's lives in the pre-written past.2,3 Where traces of ancient children's history have been uncovered – such as objects presumed to be ...