Updated Jul 03, 2018

Playground Ideas

Playground Ideas intends to create pop up playgrounds in schools and learning areas within emergency settings.

http://www.playgroundideas.org
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Joanna Francis

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Snapshot

Stage 2: Research & Development

Focus Areas:

Extracurricular or Out-of School Activities, DIY/Makerspace and Soft or Life Skills

Extracurricular or Out-of School Activities, DIY/Makerspace and Soft or Life SkillsSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Thailand and India

Thailand and IndiaSEE LESS

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Problem

UNICEF reports that 43% of children under 5 (over 250 Million) are failing to reach their development potential which causes life-long negative consequences and perpetuates the cycle of poverty . Barriers to effective brain development include the stress of disadvantage, cultural ideas about child needs , rote learning and household chores (particularly falling onto girls). Children in emergency situations face even greater challenges.

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Solution

Playground Ideas' resources allow anyone, anywhere to create play for children, using locally sourced and recycled materials. Nowhere is play more beneficial than in emergencies, yet this is often where its importance is rarely understood. Playground Ideas has created tools, handbooks and teacher training manuals that promote the importance of play and the impact it can have on children's learning, and gives practical tools for how to create low-cost play spaces and loose parts boxes that can be easily maintained in emergency environments. Teachers, parents or community members in emergency situations can create a free account on our website and then gain access to a huge range of resources, as well as personal support and advice. The loose parts manual guides users through a step-by-step process to create their own unique loose parts play kit. In emergency situations, loose parts play materials allow play opportunities and offer many benefits over traditional, fixed equipment spaces. They are cheap or free to create, can accommodate all types of play and children of all abilities and encourage peer play and social cohesion. Play can be an intuitive method for children to process trauma and reconnect to the world. Longitudinal studies conducted over decades have shown that increased play during early childhood creates the foundation for development of cognitive and social skills that help to determine an individual's lifetime earnings. (Gertler, 2013)

Target Beneficiaries

Playground Ideas' resources are largely intended for pre-school and primary age children. The benefits reach to the parents, teachers and communities around those children. Through play, children develop the neurological building blocks essential to further learning and growth. They form connections, build social and emotional skills, and develop positive long-term attitudes to discovery and learning. A typical user is a pre-school or community group that wants to create a play space for children that have access to very few play resources. They are resourceful and have time and people ready to commit to creating play opportunities. Users can teach others, resources can be shared and passed on. Training mentors allows the lessons and skills to be spread. Success is measured through the number of children who have access to quality play materials and who are actively engaged in regular play, as well as the number of new teachers and parents who believe in the importance of play.

Mission and Vision

Playground Ideas is a non-profit organization that supports anyone, anywhere to build a stimulating space for play using only local materials, tools, and skills.

Innovation Description

Playground Ideas has created tools, handbooks and teacher training manuals that promote the importance of play and the impact it can have on children's learning, and gives practical tools for how to create low-cost play spaces and loose parts boxes that can be easily maintained in emergency environments.

Competitive Advantage

The innovation is unique as it is at the crossroad of education and livelihood. It uses online education as a mean to provide a source of income for refugees who can then ensure the sustainability of their own education.

Milestones

Mar 2018
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New Country
India
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New Country
Thailand