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Play Poverty: 43 Reasons We Must Fight It
5 Dec
Play Poverty: 43 Reasons We Must Fight It
Posted by Joanna Francis

By Neve Spicer Play involves imagination, creativity, and innovation. For young people, it is both fun and essential. They need play in order to flex, stretch, and grow their muscles; not only their physical ones, but also the emotional, cognitive, and imaginative muscles of their minds. But here’s the thing… We are seeing a global […]

7 Jul
Day 77: Cave Aztec Tire
Posted by jkelli

Jennifer Kelliher is a landscape architect, living and working in Kunming, China. She is a guest writer for the Playground Ideas blog, sharing her knowledge and passion for children's play spaces.

The “Cave Aztec Tire” is a great versatile ground element to add to any playground. The connected tires allow children to climb in and out, while its leaning sides create a sheltered cubby inside. The tires can be configured in many different ways and in combination with other playground elements.

These colorful caves were built by our Global Play Alliance partner, East African Playgrounds:

Follow the link to get the step-by-step instructions for building your own Cave Aztec Tire. (Must create user account to see full instructions.)

Got an idea for a playground element? Join our community and submit your designs here.

Day 77: Cave Aztec Tire
6 Jul
Day 76: Seesaw 2 Way
Posted by jkelli

Jennifer Kelliher is a landscape architect, living and working in Kunming, China. She is a guest writer for the Playground Ideas blog, sharing her knowledge and passion for children's play spaces.

The “Seesaw 2 Way” has more room for active children with its double teeter-totter system.

The seesaw is very common classic playground element. Take two and cross them in the middle and you end up with a little extra spice in your playground.

With four ends the children face and interact with each other for more fun.

Follow the link to get the step-by-step instructions for building your own 2 Way Seesaw. (Must create user account to see full instructions.)

Got an idea for a playground element? Join our community and submit your designs here.

Day 76: Seesaw 2 Way
5 Jul
Day 75: Bridge 4 Pole Motorbike Tire
Posted by jkelli

Jennifer Kelliher is a landscape architect, living and working in Kunming, China. She is a guest writer for the Playground Ideas blog, sharing her knowledge and passion for children's play spaces.

Our ‘4 Pole Motorbike Tire Bridge’ puts a fun twist on the standard bridge. By connecting elevated play structures, like the ‘Cubby house Playground,’ it allows children to enjoy the playground with a view from above.It is a moderately difficult structure to build but with low maintenance. With minimal materials, such as timber and motorcycle tires, a typical bridge becomes interesting with different textures and colors for the kids to enjoy. Several playgrounds in Thailand have already been putting this bridge to good use!

Follow the link to get the step-by-step instructions for building your own motorbike.  (Must create user account to see full instructions.)

 

Day 75: Bridge 4 Pole Motorbike Tire
2 Jul
Day 74: Swing Tractor Flat Maxi Hammock
Posted by Elizabeth Moreno

The "Swing Tractor Flat Maxi Hammock" is a giant tire swing many children can share together. Just make sure you pick a tire with no steel in its tread.

When planning your playground build, think about what local industries or companies are in your community that might be an asset to the build, particularly in sourcing tires. Telecommunication companies, mining operations, agricultural industries, car repair garages, and roads authorities are usually running operations with many vehicles and thereby many used tires (and that's where you'll find big, tractor tires.) It never hurts to ask!

In our experience, when we've spoken managers of these companies and explained that we are building a playground to benefit children in the community, they have often been happy to help out and donate their used tires. This is true even in areas where used tires are worth resale value. If they make a large donation it's always nice to send follow-up pictures or invite them to the opening ceremony. Who knows, they might supply more tires for your next build! Do you have any tips for getting your hands on tires for a playground build? Let us know in the comments.

Follow the link to get the step-by-step instructions for building your own “Swing Tractor Flat Maxi Hammock.” (Note: must create a free user account to see full instructions.) Got an idea for a playground element? Join our community and submit your designs here.

Day 74: Swing Tractor Flat Maxi Hammock