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Combination playground structure for small children; slides, climbers (stairs in this case), playhouse

A playground is an area designed for children to play freely. Modern playgrounds often have recreational equipment such as the see-saw, merry-go-round, swingset, slide, climber, walking bridge, jungle gym, chin-up bars, sandbox, monkey bars, overhead ladder, trapeze and trapeze rings, playhouses, and maze, many of which help children develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility, as well as providing recreation and enjoyment. Common in modern playgrounds are "play structures" that link many different pieces of equipment. Combination playground equipment (plastic) Taken by Elf | Talk 15:28, 3 May 2004 (UTC) May 1, 2004, San Jose, CA File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Combination playground equipment (plastic) Taken by Elf | Talk 15:28, 3 May 2004 (UTC) May 1, 2004, San Jose, CA File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... “Children” redirects here. ... For the playground object see Seesaw See-Saw is a female JPop/JRock duo (formerly a trio) consisting of Chiaki Ishikawa (lead vocals) and Yuki Kajiura (back-up vocals, keyboards). ... This article is about the fairground ride. ... A little girl playing on a swing A swing is a hanging seat in a playground, for acrobats in a circus, or on a porch for relaxing. ... A traditional jungle gym The jungle gym, also known as monkey bars, is a piece of playground equipment made of many pieces of thin material, such as metal pipe or, in more current playgrounds, rope, on which children can climb, hang, or sit. ... Chin-up bars are playground equipment that were once ubiquitous on childrens playgrounds. ... Look up sandbox in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A man on an overhead-ladder type of structure. ... Man on Overhead Ladder An overhead ladder is a piece of recreational equipment often found on playgrounds. ... An acrobat below a balloon Trapeze artists, in lithograph by Calvert Litho. ... Playhouse is a common Elizabethan term for a theatre, especially those built in London such as The Globe. ... Public hedge maze in the English Garden at Schönbusch Park, Aschaffenburg, Germany A small maze A maze is a tour puzzle in the form of a complex branching passage through which the solver must find a route. ... People participating in summer luge as a form of recreation, in the Vosges. ... This article is about an emotion. ...


Playgrounds often also have facilities for playing informal games of adult sports, such as a baseball diamond, a skating rink, a basketball court, or a tetherball. A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... Look up skating in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Two characters in Napoleon Dynamite get ready to play tetherball. ...


"Public" playground equipment refers to equipment intended for use in the play areas of parks, schools, child care facilities, institutions, multiple family dwellings, restaraurants, resorts, and recreational developments, and other areas of public use.

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Playground metaphor

"Playground" is also an informal term to describe an area designed for any particular group of people, for example: "the resort spa has become a playground for millionaires".


"Playground" can also simply be the title of a summer program. In many cities, the playgrounds have been turned into free daycare services that merely use the playground as a meeting place for the "playground program" to begin. From there, the childcare providers take their children to additional fun places as field trips, such as to a swimming pool, a miniature golf course, or a laser tag adventure. Day care is the care of a child during the day by a person other than the childs parents or legal guardians, often someone outside the childs immediate family. ... A swimming pool, sometimes also referred to in some countries as a swimming bath(German. ... Putt-Putt redirects here. ... Laser tag is a sport loosely related to the original game of tag. ...


Playgrounds can also be part of an overall playspace. The playspace can consist of areas for adults and can be considered a community gathering place.


About playgrounds

Professionals recognize that the social skills that children develop on the playground become lifelong skill sets that are carried forward into their adulthood. Independent research concludes that playgrounds are among the most important environments for children outside the home. Most forms of play are essential for healthy development, but free, spontaneous play—the kind that occurs on playgrounds—is the most beneficial type of play.

Seesaw with a crowd of children playing
Rope bridge for improving balance

Children have devised many playground games and pastimes. But because playgrounds are usually subject to adult supervision and oversight, young children's street culture often struggles to fully thrive there. Research by Robin Moore (Childhood's Domain: Play and Place, 1986) has clearly shown that playgrounds need to be balanced with marginal areas that (to adults) appear to be derelict or wasteground, which young children can claim for themselves, ideally a wood or field. Seesaw with kids sketch From the book The Clip Art Book, 1980, compiled by Gerard Quinn The Clip Art Book is a compilation of illustrations that are in the public domain. ... Seesaw with kids sketch From the book The Clip Art Book, 1980, compiled by Gerard Quinn The Clip Art Book is a compilation of illustrations that are in the public domain. ... Playground rope bridge sketch From the book The Clip Art Book, 1980, compiled by Gerard Quinn The Clip Art Book is a compilation of illustrations that are in the public domain. ... Playground rope bridge sketch From the book The Clip Art Book, 1980, compiled by Gerard Quinn The Clip Art Book is a compilation of illustrations that are in the public domain. ... A playground game is a game or pastime carried out in a playground. ... Childrens street culture refers to the cumulative culture of rhymes, songs, jokes, taboos, games, folklore, and places (e. ...


Playgrounds can be

Natural playgrounds

A natural playground sandbox using creative landforms provides a place for Passive / Creative Play.
A natural playground sandbox using creative landforms provides a place for Passive / Creative Play.

"Natural playgrounds" are play environments that blend natural materials, features, and indigenous vegetation with creative landforms to create purposely complex interplays of natural, environmental objects in ways that challenge and fascinate children and teach them about the wonders and intricacies of the natural world while they play within it. Image File history File linksMetadata Earthartist_natural_playground. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Earthartist_natural_playground. ...

A totally accessible natural playground creates a beautiful, outdoor play and learning environment.
A totally accessible natural playground creates a beautiful, outdoor play and learning environment.

Play components may include earth shapes (sculptures), environmental art, indigenous vegetation (trees, shrubs, grasses, flowers, lichens, mosses), boulders or other rock structures, dirt and sand, natural fences (stone, willow, wooden), textured pathways, and natural water features. Image File history File linksMetadata NaturalPlaygroundCoDesign. ... Image File history File linksMetadata NaturalPlaygroundCoDesign. ...


Playground safety

Sometimes the safety of playgrounds is disputed in school or among regulators. Over at least the last twenty years, the kinds of equipment to be found in playgrounds has changed, often towards safer equipment built with modern materials. For example, an older jungle gym might be constructed entirely from steel bars, while newer ones tend to have a minimal steel framework while providing a web of nylon ropes for children to climb on. Nylon is a generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers first produced on February 28, 1935 by Wallace Carothers at DuPont. ...


Playgrounds in the Soviet Union

Playgrounds were an integral part of urban culture in the USSR. In the 1970s and 1980s there were playgrounds in almost every park in many Soviet cities. Playground apparatus was reasonably standard all over the country; most of them consisted of metallic bars with relatively few wooden parts, and were manufactured in state-owned factories. Some of the most common constructions were the carousel, sphere, seesaw, rocket, bridge, etc. Urban culture is the culture of cities. ... A carousel in a summer festival in London, with traditional animal mounts, barley twist poles and fairy lights. ... Modern seesaws have springs for safer play. ... A Soyuz rocket, at Baikanur launch pad. ...


In the 1990s, after the breakup of the USSR, many items of playground apparatus in post-Soviet states were stolen by metal-thieves, while relatively few new playgrounds were built. However, there were so many Soviet playgrounds that many of them still exist and are in a relatively good state, especially those which were repainted.

See also

An obstacle courses is a series of challenging physical obstacles an individual or team must navigate usually while being timed. ... A playground game is a game or pastime carried out in a playground. ... Example of a high ropes course at night A Ropes course is a challenging outdoor personal development and team building activity which usually consists of high and/or low elements. ... A friendship bench is a special place in a school playground where a child can go when they want someone to talk to. ...

External links

  • Junglegym; Dutch playground design company.
  • National Program for Playground Safety — serves as a recognized national clearinghouse for playground safety information
  • Swiss Playground Guide - Index and description of Swiss children's playgrounds
  • Peaceful Playgrounds- Supplier of playground games and markings to schools.
  • Educational CyberPlayground — serves as a recognized national clearinghouse for cyberplayground safety information for children and adults.


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Playground Safety (2287 words)
Parents can help prevent playground accidents by taking some precautions, ensuring that there is adult supervision at the playground, and making sure that any equipment that their child plays on is appropriate to his or her age and maturity level.
The playground surface should be free of standing water and debris that could cause a child to trip and fall, such as rocks, tree stumps, and tree roots.
Playground equipment should be designed for two different age groups: 2- to 5-year-olds (preschool children) and 5- to 12-year-olds (school-age children).
Playground - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (775 words)
Modern playground often have recreational equipment such as the see-saw, merry-go-round, swingset, slide, climber, walking bridge, jungle gym, chin-up bars, sandbox, monkey bars, overhead ladder, trapeze and trapeze rings, playhouses, and maze, many of which help children develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility, as well as providing recreation and enjoyment.
Playgrounds often also have facilities for playing informal games of adult sports, such as a baseball diamond, a skating rink, a basketball court, or a tetherball.
Playgrounds were an integral part of urban culture in the USSR.
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Playground equpment
9th February 2011
Thank you for this article! I love the playground equipment in my neighborhood. Although I am sad that my childhood ones were torn down and replaced but, the new ones will be someone else's childhood memories, it's time for mine to move on.

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