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If you've been to a shiny new playground lately, you've probably noticed all kinds of metal and plastic gizmos, crazy slides and climbing structures. It looks like fun, but some child development experts have been advancing an alternative in recent years. They're called "natural playgrounds" — play spaces that use natural materials and leave it up to the kids to decide what to do with them.

Last year, Boston's non-profit Children's Investment Fund put out a quarter-million dollars in grant money for local schools and early childhood centers to build a handful of natural playgrounds. We checked out one that caters to a very special population.

Guests:

  • Tamar Warburg, an architect at Studio G architects and one of the park's designers
  • David Elkind, professor emeritus of child development at Tufts University

This program aired on July 13, 2010.

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