May 08, 2012 Kerala Taylor

Where the wild playgrounds are: A tribute to Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak once said, "Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile. They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy." He gave kids a lot more credit than we tend to these days, respecting both their resilience and their imaginations.

Many of today's playgrounds do neither, lacking both whimsy and risk. After receiving the Caldecott medal in 1964, Sendak said, " is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things."

In honor of Sendak, here are some of our favorite "wild playgrounds":

Check out our related post, Our favorite dangerous playgrounds.

For more inspiration, visit our Wacky & Wild Playgrounds Pinterest Board.

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