Playgrounds are well known for different types of slides and monkey bars on asphalt floors or soft materials. But, that’s about to change as safety becomes more and more the priority for children. What’s more about this is children are designing playgrounds that are focused more on interactive activities than never-ending slide rides.
What Children Think Playgrounds Need
One example is the project-based learning program done in 2017. According to The News-Herald, a group of fifth-graders studying in Willoughby-Eastlake’s Longfellow Elementary School in the United States helped in researching and designing a playground.
With a $150,000 budget, the students were asked to do research and help in designing a playground for a new school building. The building had a target date of 2019 for completion.
The program gave the criteria — safe, accessible, unique and under budget — and what the children thought of includes interaction and inclusivity.
What the students came up with are significant transformations to what children are used to. The first is transforming the grassy fields into a football/soccer field for practice and leagues, while a pavilion with musical playground equipment will be placed outside for music classes outdoors.
They also came up with buddy benches that help children show they want to socialize. When a child sits on the buddy bench, it means they allow other children to socialize with them during recess or playtime.
On the other hand, the playground project also included children with disabilities to join the fun. They suggested the playground to have ramps to have wheelchair access and specific swings for kids with special needs.
Fun and Safe
Another example of interactive play and safety in one is PLAY at OKADA in Manila, Philippines. This indoor playground offers children with learning facilities and different play areas segregated based on their ages. When it comes to safety, there are CCTV cameras and certified first-aid personnel who’re always on standby in case of emergencies.
On the other hand, trampolines are also making waves in play areas. According to trampoline parks, jumping up and down a trampoline already targets different types of development. It also provides a new thrill for children who’re used to running around all day.
Fun is one of the priorities because seeing a child smile while playing is one of the best faces that parents can ever ask for. Of course, safety is also part of the priorities as parents don’t want their children to get hurt.
If you’re planning to start your own indoor playground, make sure to consider safety, fun, accessibility, and budget. Considering these factors will help you come up with a play area full of fun and inclusivity.
The first step in the process is to consult an indoor playground and Trampoline Manufacturer to help you get started. iREC can help you come up with equipment that’s perfect to your vision and mission with your playgrounds. Being an experienced indoor playground manufacturer, we’ve already manufactured in line with international standards on safety and fun.
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