...We pulled into the seventh park and at this point I was a broken man. But something was different about this one. My kids did something that they didn’t do at all the previous parks; they ran excitedly towards the playground. I caught a glimpse of the playground myself, and began running right behind them.
We have equipm,ent like swings, and jungle jyms in playgrounds that help kids with certain physical skills . But there are other skills that kids could learn, if our playgrounds were equppped for them to learn other skills such as creativity, art, music, language skills, cooperation, theater
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“Unwittingly, creative risk had been engineered out of play,” Mr. Rockwell said. Fixed equipment was set up once, designed against lawsuits and to require virtually no oversight by park employees.
His young son and daughter instructed him in what mattered when it came to play: “My kids were much more interested in what happens if you turn something upside down. They like the box the toy came in much more than they like the toy.”
From that came the idea of loose parts, and pop-up playgrounds that could be assembled quickly, at low cost. Kaboom, a nonprofit organization that helps build playgrounds, found in tests that “the kids played longer, harder, deeper with the loose parts,” Mr. Rockwell said.