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29 May
Loose Parts Play for Councils and Businesses
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By Jeni Wilson

There are many occasions when engaging children through loose parts play would keep parents, their children, and customers happy.  Loose parts play can be both financially and emotionally beneficial for individuals, local councils, city councils, boroughs and businesses.

Think of all the times when entertaining children would, apart from the benefits themselves, expedite completion of your task, make it much more pleasant, and enable better engagement in the event or business. 

Scenario 1: Waiting at the airport 

How good would it be if children were able to happily and creatively play with loose parts kits before boarding the plane?

Instead of bored, hyperactive and sometimes anxious children, they step onto the plane less energised, calmer and mentally stimulated. Not only are parents and children happy, other customers and airline staff have a better flying experience. 

Scenario 2: New estates and real estate centres

Often these centres provide fixed outdoor playground equipment but these are not portable. Fixed playgrounds require supervision because of safety issues and are often too far from the offices to allow both parents to participate in decision-making. Wouldn’t it be great if they provided loose parts kits within eyesight of the parents/caregivers enabling better focus, and a less stressful experience.

When you think about it there are lots of times when parents, councils, businesses and children alike would find the provision of a loose parts kit advantageous. A simple example is whenever families have to wait for a service. Children get bored causing parents and other unnecessary anxiety and frustration.

Here are some examples:

  • Maternal health centres
  • Shopping centres
  • Doctor’s offices
  • School offices
  • Shire offices 
  • Council meetings
  • Local council  information sessions
  • Waiting to pick up food, goods, children

Perhaps parents simply want some time out but children aren’t interested or become quickly disinterested. For example: 

  • Community markets
  • Music events
  • Street festivals
  • Cheese and wine events
  • Art displays
  • Museums 
  • Galleries
  • Carols by candlelight
  • Libraries
  • Sporting events 
Over 200 loose parts play pieces in a Nüdel Kart

A research endorsed play solution

Introducing Nüdel Kart. This is an alternative playground idea. Nüdel Kart is a high quality, mobile playground that comes apart into many different pieces, filled with more than 200 loose parts that children can manipulate, build and play with. Nüdel Kart can be used in many settings, indoors and outdoors. It works across age groups from preschoolers to early teens. It is not gender or culture specific and is highly supportive to people of all abilities.

Nüdel Kart is a hands on resource that stimulates the children’s imagination, thinking, curiosity and social development and … here’s the good bit …can be packed up into an area around one metre square.

Nüdel Kart packed up. The Nüdel Kart fits in almost one metre squared. Compact and portable.

Councils, city councils, and boroughs could rent or lend a Nüdel Kart to any of these event organisers or council venues. 

Apart from anything else it’s plain, wholesome fun where everyone benefits. Ask your local council if they provide a Nüdel Kart for your community.

References

Sewell, C. Wilson, J. Laing, B. and Veerman, M. (2020) Nüdel Kart Teachers Manual (2020)


29 Apr
The Nüdel Kart Family Movie Night
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(COVID-19 and ISOLATION approved!)

On May 8th, Playground Ideas are running a special screening of the Nüdel Kart documentary, “The Wheels of Wonder”, to coincide with the launch of the Nüdel Kart mini, and to help provide some entertainment to households during isolation.

Off the back of a SOLD OUT show at the Nova ‘Transitions Film Festival’, comes our feature length film for a special one off event.

TRAILER

Date: May 8th

Time: From 7pm (a link and password will be provided from Thursday 7th May until Monday 11th may)

Where: From the comfort of your own couch.

Is the film family friendly?  Yes, the film is suitable for young and old. 

How long is it? The movie runs for just over an hour and you will also get to briefly meet both filmmaker, Roger Ungers, and the CEO/Founder of Playground Ideas, Marcus Veerman.

Where does the money go? All proceeds from this screening will go towards helping create play spaces and delivering Nüdel Karts to children who need it most. Together, even in isolation, we can make an impact.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

The Wheels of Wonder  follows a team of ambitious social impact creators as they enter Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, with a curious project. Their mission: to trial and test an unusual prototype play cart with the hope of improving the lives of refugee children through “loose parts” play.

The project is led by Marcus Veerman, founder and CEO of Playground Ideas, a not-for-profit providing open-source playground building resources which benefit children all over the world. Veerman’s passionate and skilled team includes a Product Designer, Play Specialist and Technical Lead. Despite plenty of planning, the group face numerous challenges whilst constructing and trialling a material-based prototype in a country which is currently home to an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees.

This thoughtfully told story highlights the importance of play, which is said to be as crucial to a child’s brain development as food and sleep. The film shines a light on the immense challenges facing those who have been forcibly displaced, but transcends politics with uplifting moments of strength and resilience in the face of adversity.”

The Nüdel Kart Mini

Only 6 months after launching the full size Nüdel Kart to educators, we have fast tracked the Nüdel Kart Mini so your kids can have just as much fun at home with loose parts play. (And possibly provide you, the parents and carers, with some much needed relief!)

Check out the Nüdel Kart mini press release for more details,

About Nüdel Kart 

Nüdel Kart is brought to you by Playground Ideas, a non profit organisation that has been operating since 2007, building playgrounds and creating play for over 1.8 million children in over 143 countries. 

Nüdel Kart is a social enterprise. 100% of the profits go towards creating stimulating play spaces for children anywhere in the world.

Nüdel Kart is a deconstructable, mobile play kart that can be reconfigured in endless ways to encourage self-directed learning. It contains research-backed specially selected materials to stimulate children’s development.

About Playground Ideas

Playground Ideas supports anyone, anywhere, to build a stimulating space for play using local materials, tools, and skills. Playground Ideas has over a decade of experience creating resources and building a global community with specialisation in scale at low cost. Playground ideas have supported play projects in over 3000 communities, 143 countries, helping over 1.8million children to access stimulating play worldwide . Playground Ideas have now  launched Nüdel Kart, the world’s first loose-parts play solution designed for mass scale to impact millions. https://playgroundideas.org/

Playground Ideas was founded by Marcus Veerman in 2011, and he and Emma Ribbens co designed the Nüdel Kart.

Contact Marcus on  0432738719 or Laurette on 0408 003 099 for more information.

29 Apr
The Nudel Kart Mini
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(A Social Enterprise by Playground Ideas)

Only 6 months after launching the full size Nüdel Kart to educators, we have fast tracked the Nüdel Kart Mini so your kids can have just as much fun at home with loose parts play. (And possibly provide you, the parents and carers, with some much needed relief!)

The Nüdel Kart Mini is a palm-sized complete replica of the Nudel Kart. And it comes complete with all the same loose parts. Over 200 in fact!

Designed for children 6+, the Nüdel Kart Mini will arrive in 5 separate plywood sheets which you then need to assemble. Mum or Dad, you might need to help with some of the more fiddly bits.

The pieces simply pop out and then click together. Simply follow the included instruction manual to make this…

From there, it’s up to the imagination what you want to create. Just like the full sized  Nüdel Kart, the Mini can be deconstructed and rebuilt into millions of different configurations. 

We sold out of the first 100 we fast tracked but we have released an additional 100 at 25% off. In this unexpected environment, we have fast tracked production and you can pre order yours now for the Pandemic Price of AUD$44.95 plus shipping.

Normally AUD$59.00, this is a great addition to the toy cupboard that provides loads of play based learning potential such as creativity , innovation and problem solving. Shipping soon!

Purchase yours here.

For more information on the Nüdel Kart you can visit our  website.

AND ON FRIDAY 8th MAY WE ARE HOLDING A SPECIAL SCREENING OF THE NÜDEL KART DOCUMENTARY “THE WHEELS OF WONDER”. YOU CAN CHEK OUT THE TRAILER HERE AND BUY TICKETS NOW!

About the Nüdel Kart

Nüdel Kart is brought to you by Playground Ideas, a non profit organisation that has been operating since 2007, building playgrounds and creating play for over 1.8 million children in over 143 countries. 

Nüdel Kart is a social enterprise. 100% of the profits go towards creating stimulating play spaces for children anywhere in the world.

Nüdel Kart is a deconstructable, mobile play kart that can be reconfigured in endless ways to encourage self-directed learning. It contains research-backed specially selected materials to stimulate children’s development.

About Playground Ideas

Playground Ideas supports anyone, anywhere, to build a stimulating space for play using local materials, tools, and skills. Playground Ideas has over a decade of experience creating resources and building a global community with specialisation in scale at low cost. Playground ideas have supported play projects in over 3000 communities, 143 countries, helping over 1.8million children to access stimulating play worldwide . Playground Ideas have now  launched Nüdel Kart, the world’s first loose-parts play solution designed for mass scale to impact millions. https://playgroundideas.org/

Playground Ideas was founded by Marcus Veerman in 2011, and he and Emma Ribbens co designed the Nüdel Kart.

Contact Marcus on  0432738719 or Laurette on 0408 003 099 for more information.


21 Apr
Who is Dr Jeni Wilson?
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You may have noticed a number of articles and blogs that Jeni has recently penned that have appeared on our Playground Ideas website.

Dr Jeni Wilson has known the Playground Ideas Founder, Marcus Veerman, for a number of years, and last year was invited to be part of the writing team to help with the launch of the Nudel Kart and the teacher training manual that supports this.

De Jeni has a wealth of experience as a parent, teacher, and consultant, with much of her work centred around inquiry and student agency.

Because of this experience, we asked her to write about play based learning and other relevant topics such as creativity and STEM,  and speak to how the Nudel Kart can complement and enhance many of these often neglected areas of learning.

You can check them out here: Writings About Play

And you can learn more about Dr Jeni Wilson through an online magazine called Weekend Notes, where she has written nearly 600 reviews/articles https://www.weekendnotes.com/profile/257402/

Brief Bio

Dr Jeni Wilson (Dip T, B. Ed, Master of Ed, Phd) is an Associate of the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne. She taught at the University of Melbourne in the Education Faculty for fifteen years as a senior lecturer in pre and post service education. Her main area of work was training primary school teachers. She also taught subjects in secondary education and general training fields. Jeni has been the supervisor of varied Masters and Doctoral research projects.

Jeni has extensive experience as a private consultant in schools delivering professional development programs including classroom action research, planning support and in-classroom mentoring/demonstrations. The major focus is on innovative, inquiry based, student centred, differentiated and reflective teaching, learning and assessment.  The majority of her work is on supporting teachers to implement inquiry based curriculum, hands on and personalising learning. These are student centred approaches that listen to student voices and build on student questions and curiosity.

Jeni is an experienced speaker who has worked with large audiences and has been invited to speak interstate and overseas. Jeni is the co-author of over 60 books including many teachers reference books, several children’s texts and teacher resource materials, for example: Smart Thinking, Thinking for Themselves, Integrated Assessment, Self-Assessment for Students and Focus on Inquiry (with Lesley Wing Jan) Learning Links and Learning for themselves (with Kath Murdoch), Contracts for Learning (with Lynda Cutting) and Activate Inquiry. She is the series editor and writer of many books in the series entitled Little books with big ideas and Infotexts. Some of her publications have been translated and many are sold in Canada, America, Japan, New Zealand, England, Indonesia, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere.

In addition, Jeni has had dozens of articles published and presented numerous conference papers here and around the world. Just for fun, in the last few years Jeni have written nearly 600 reviews/articles for an online magazine called Weekend Notes.

She has been invited to be part of the writing team during the launch of Nudel Kart…..

Prior to post education training Jeni was a librarian, an art teacher, classroom teacher and delivered professional development programs on literacy and numeracy. This year she has trained as a wedding celebrant. 

Jeni has been fostering for over thirty years. She has two biological children and is the permanent carer of two indigenous children. She also provides respite and emergency care. As a single working mother she has to be organized, creative and a problem solver to juggle these roles. Jeni has experience with reluctant readers and those who are challenged due to trauma, medical and other issues. She also lives with various animals including dogs and much loved curious cats!