Playground: just a Place to Go out or a Space for Child Development?



The article discusses the relevance of modern play spaces to the tasks of the mental and physical child development, as well as modern approaches to the examination of children's outdoor play environment. A historical analysis of changes in domestic and foreign theories about ideas - what kind of playground children need, also empirical studies of child behavior at different play environment allow us to highlight the main lines of psychological and pedagogical analysis of play spaces. New standards in the field of education and development, as well as in designing educational environment, the request of teachers and designers (architects, engineers) makes relevant to work out the methodological support of the creation of play environment. Interdisciplinary approach and dialogue in this area will allow us to solve the problem of designing such play environment that meets the tasks of the child development.

General Information

Keywords: playground, play, play space, child, examination of play space.

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Kotliar I.A., Sokolova M.V. Playground: just a Place to Go out or a Space for Child Development? [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psychological-Educational Studies, 2019. Vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 36–48. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2019110403. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Inna A. Kotliar, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Research Associate, Dubna State University, Center of Applied Psychological and Pedagogical Studies, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Dubna, Russia, e-mail:

Mariya V. Sokolova, PhD in Psychology, Associated professor. Faculty of Advance Training, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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