8-1 | The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds that Enhance Children’s Development

Book Review

The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds that Enhance Children’s Development

Susan Solomon
Lebanon, NH: University of New England, 2014. Notes, images, selected bibliography, index. 208 pp. $40.00, cloth. ISBN: 9781611686104

by David B. Jones

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Through The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds that Enhance Children’s Development, Susan G. Solomon strongly advocates for the revamping of playgrounds in the United States. According to the author, playgrounds in this country are poorly designed and a waste of funding. She makes the case for replicating the playgrounds of Europe and Japan that provide spaces for taking risks, solving problems, experiencing natural consequences, and engaging in multiple-generational social interactions.