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Play is essential to the development of happy and healthy children. Children know inherently what researchers are discovering: that unstructured free play is critical to their cognitive, social and emotional development. Ancona School believes that they have an educational, and even moral, imperative to restore, as best a school can, unstructured free play to the long days that children spend studying and learning. This 15,000 SF "outdoor learning space" creates unique physical and sensory experiences where children can create, explore, interact, and imagine. Collaborative input from teachers and parents was critical to the successful design of the outdoor learning space.