The PlayGarden Manifesto, narrated by PlayGarden campers and staff.

Special Thanks to See Spot Run Media for capturing the voices of the PlayGarden. 

The PlayGarden Manifesto

Written by: Liz Bullard

 

THIS IS YOUR PLAYGARDEN.

YOU BELONG HERE.

BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS.

PLANT SEEDS AND WATCH THEM GROW.

GROW BERRIES AND EAT THEM.

LEARN WHY THE CLOUDS MOVE, HOW THE SUN WARMS THE EARTH, WHY LEAVES FALL, 

THE SIGN FOR I LOVE YOU.

PLAY BY YOURSELF AND WITH OTHERS. 

 

FIND TREASURES AND THEN HIDE THEM FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO FIND.

BE A GOOD FRIEND.

ASK A FRIEND TO PLAY.

INCLUDE EVERYONE.

TAKE TURNS, SHARE SHOVELS, TRUCKS, AND TURNS ON THE SCOOTER.

TELL EACH OTHER YOUR IDEAS AND STORIES.

WHEN YOU HURT SOMEONE ON THE INSIDE OR ON THE OUTSIDE, ASK, “WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE IT BETTER?” 

USE TWO HANDS WHEN PICKING KALE: ONE TO STEADY THE STEM SO THE ROOTS STAY IN THE GROUND AND THE OTHER TO PLUCK THE LEAF.

 

NOT EVERYONE CAN DO EVERYTHING BUT EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING.

LEARN ABOUT WHAT THAT SOMETHING IS.

CHICKENS AND WORMS CAN’T SWIM. 

BUT CHICKENS LAY EGGS & WORMS MAKE OUR SOIL.

 

YOUR HAND IS YOUR HARVEST BASKET.

PICK A HANDFUL OF BERRIES AND LEAVE THE REST FOR OTHERS. 

 

DO IT YOURSELF, IF YOU CAN. ASK FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT.

OFFER TO HELP OTHERS.

LISTEN TO THE RAIN, THE BEES AND EACH OTHER. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER.

ONLY CLIMB THE STRONG TREES, THOSE WITH THICK BRANCHES THAT DO NOT BEND.

THE PAPA GOOSE IS NOT MEAN OR BAD, HE IS PROTECTING HIS FLOCK.  


 

WE ALL HAVE A PURPOSE.

YOUR FRIENDS ARE MY FRIENDS AND MY FRIENDS ARE YOUR FRIENDS.

PLAY MORE.

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The PlayGarden's mission is to provide children of all abilities a safe, accessible and adventurous place to play.

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