We are slowly but surely settling into our new home. We’ve only been here for a short time, but I’m already noticing a remarkable difference.
My kids are playing with other kids and outside A LOT more.
We knew when we purchased this next home that “playability” would factor into our choice. We paid attention to the neighborhood we liked at different times of the day. Were there a lot of kids in the neighborhood? Did they seem to be in the same age range as our kids? Are they outside? We also paid attention to the specific house and lot. Did it encourage or discourage our kids from having friends over? Did the yard have features that would encourage them to play outside? Did the traffic pattern in front of the house encourage or discourage free play outside?
We knew when we found the house we wanted that the answers to these questions were “yes.” We were lucky that we found a neighborhood and a house in our price range that satisfied these desires. But I still wasn’t quite prepared for how quickly these differences in our living space would translate into more play for our kids. I’m thrilled, especially considering the weather is still icky (8 inches of snow last week). Thoughts of what will happen when the weather warms up make me giddy.
I’m really looking forward to reading Mike Lanza’s book, Playborhood, to find even more ways to foster and encourage free play within our neighborhood. If you’re not familiar with his book or his blog, I encourage you to check it out. You’ll be so inspired!
Would you ever choose a home or a neighborhood based on “playability?” And if you have, what led you to make that decision and how did you go about it?