Branchevereniging Spelen & Bewegen

Evaluation of Outdoor Environment from the Viewpoint of Children

Children have different views in comparison with adults about environment. Our researches show (2012) that childrens
leisure time almost spent in non-physical activities, thus they have less opportunities to experience the environment.
This leads loss of environment awareness. Important questions of research are: What are the differences between
children and adults in case of usage of outdoor spaces? And what are the environmental characteristics of childfriendly
outdoor spaces? Qualitative research method is adopted for analysis. Conditions are observed on the basis of
six environmental characteristic: scale, safety, amenity, accebility, sociability, variety. The results show meaningful
differences between children and adults in usage of environment and children’s preferences are influenced by
developmental needs, physical and social factors.