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My Skrammellegeplad

freedom to playIt has been a while since I posted to my blog, but not because I haven’t been writing.  I just completed two courses at Montgomery College, and both required long term papers based on very specific content requirements.  My creative energy was sapped.

But when I came across an article in the New York Times on the Carnegie Museum’s Playground Project on the history of playground design, I began to feel free enough to write again.

The article traces the roots of the Evergreen Garden and Playground concept to the Danish landscape architect in the 1930’s named  Carl Theodor Sorensen.  According to the Times,  Sorensen,  “advanced the radical notion that children were happiest when playing with junk.”  Toward the end of World War II, he began designing playgrounds that encouraged children to build, dig and create with natural and man-made materials including bricks and building debris.   He called these new spaces skrammellegeplads or “junk playgrounds.”

Whether writing, building, cooking, making music or any other creative pursuit, we all need a skrammellegeplad… a safe place to play and try things out.

Learning and playing are acts of freedom.  It is great to be free.

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