Dr John A Sutterby

The Outdoor Guide to Play

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John A. Sutterby is an associate professor at The University of Texas San Antonio. He has been researching and writing about play and playgrounds for more than a decade. He is one of the co-authors of the Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds (ACEI, 2004). He has also been president of The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) two times.

Play and social justice: Who gets to play? A couple of weeks back I attended the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. The conference is one of the largest in the field of education and focuses...
The Astrodome The Astrodome The election this November had an interesting casualty from the world of play, the Houston Astrodome. Voters decided not to invest money in renovating the Astrodome now that it is no longer used as a sports facility. This loss will most...
Riverwalk - Dr John Sutterby When people think about the Riverwalk in San Antonio, they usually think about big glasses of frozen margaritas and plates of enchiladas. Certainly if you were a tourist in San Antonio, that is where you would head for first. On the other hand, San...
The plaza and public play - by Dr John Sutterby City design in many places is based on the idea of a central plaza. A plaza is usually a commercial space, often government buildings, an open space, and most of all a place for people to gather. It is the place where the populace of the city can meet...
If you build it, they will climb - Dr. John Sutterby Like many kids, I used to pretend all sorts of things. I would climb into a tree and imagine that I was on an island, that the grass below me was an ocean, that the leaves were the fins of sharks. Perhaps unlike many people, I never really stopped. I...
Playing with Flowers - Dr John Sutterby The earth laughs in flowers - Ralph Waldo Emerson Many have written about the importance of nature far better than I ever could. However, as the first few days of summer have passed I thought I would offer a few reflections on the nature that...
Sand and Water at School I took this picture a few years ago. I was touring my nephew’s kindergarten in eastern Germany. To me this looks like fun. Just like at the beach, the perfect combination of water and sand. My nephew evidently was the one who liked to pump the...
The Repurposing of a Sand-pile The first project I did when my wife and I bought our first house a little over a decade ago was to build a sandbox for our two children, Sofia and Andreu. It was a pretty simple thing, some landscape timbers, about a ton of sand and a little bit of...