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Gråhed, Jenny (2008) Att växa i lekmiljöer. Other thesis, SLU.

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The preschool constitutes a big part of many children's everyday existence. Its contents are therefore of great importance and the environment deserves a well thoughtout design. In this study, surveys in field and literature have resulted in conclusions around how plants can be used in children's play environments, in order to contribute to the experiencerelated values. The aim is to present conclusions to lean on when drawing up designproposals for new playgrounds, especially where the natural conditions are not so favorable. The first question that is responded to is how plants can be used in order to enrich the children's play environments. The next question is what can be done to make these plantings endure the activities. One designproposal has also been made for a preschoolgarden, as an example of how plants can be integrated in the environment, based on the conclusions from the previous study. The possibilities for contents and range have shown itself vary from case to case depending upon which resources and directions being present at the currant operator. The aspirations and the wishes from the personnel and the parents influence what contents can work in an environment. Therefore the plants' different characteristics do not fit equally well in all preschool-gardens. A specific quality of a plant can in some places be considered enriching, but in other places as a problem. When planning a preschoolgarden it is important to communicate with the coming users. There are a number of valuable elements that one should try to achieve when planning children's play environments: A varied environment providing both safety and challenges, large and small spaces, spots and items around which children can devise their own imagination places, hilly ground, enough room for both open and closed surfaces, as well as access to loose materials and also the opportunity to play with water and to study animals in the nature. The outdoor climate should be as pleasant as possible. All these values contribute to make play environments functional and many of them can be achieved with vegetation. On the other hand, the wear in these environments is high and the plants must tolerate many strains. In order to facilitate the presence of plants some strengthening and relieving measures can be needed. Location, sizes and choice of plants also makes difference.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: växter, växtanvändning, lek, lekmiljöer, förskolegårdar, barn
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
Depositing User: Jenny Gråhed
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 10:06
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/2732

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