Playgrounds are an important part of childhood. Play, exercise, seeing friends and having fun all happen in our playgrounds. In these days of lock-down, playground facilities have never been more important for the mental and physical wellbeing of our children.
But have you noticed that playgrounds are for kids, but have been designed by adults? What do they know?!? With Furzedown Primary School in London SW17 we set an design challenge for KS2 pupils (years 3 to 6, i.e. 8 to 11 year olds) to re-imagine their perfect playground: A space for kids, designed by kids.
This lock-down challenge was sent out to the kids with the following simple rules:
- No adults allowed: Grown-ups were not allowed to influence the design. Kid-power protocols govern!
- There's no such thing as a bad idea. Take your extreme, and push it to the extreme!
- Your ideas matter. Don't doubt your abilities.
- Keep playing with your designs, with drawings, using colour, making models, even attempting prototypes. See what the different media and scales influence your designs.
|Playground Challenge Brief|
|Playground Challenge Ideas|
|Years 3 to 6 tackle the Playground Challenge!|