Dawn Coe, assistant professor at the University of Tennessee has completed a recent study that shows that "children who play on playgrounds that incorporate natural elements like logs and flowers tend to be more active than those who play on traditional playgrounds with metal and brightly colored equipment."
I've been saying this for ages.... but it's nice to see a study focusing on this very subject. Proof at last!
"Natural playscapes appear to be a viable alternative to traditional
playgrounds for school and community settings," Coe said. "Future
studies should look at these changes long-term as well as the nature of
the children's play."