Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shahid Rajaei Teacher Training University, Tehran, Iran

2 Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Shahid Rajaei Teacher Training University, Tehran, Iran

3 Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

4 Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tarbiat Dabir Shahid Rajaei University, Tehran, Iran


In this article the influence of the equipped playgrounds has been compared with natural playgrounds. Playing and moving are the main activity in a young child’s life. Allowing children to experience the natural and man-made elements in their living environment generates cognitive and social skills development and increases their educational qualities. Today, In Iran most spaces for children’s plays are inside the houses and many playgrounds are tarmac places with manufactured equipment likes swings and slides. This survey wants to specify the differences between natural playgrounds and equipped playgrounds and wants to answer the following questions: 1- What changes have happened in the children’s relationship with nature?, 2- What are the specifications of a natural playground? 3- What are the differences between an equipped playground and natural playground? This survey was carried out descriptively and the data have been collected from main resources and different samples. The result of this survey shows that the natural playground will develop children’s educational qualities.


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