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  • Play sculpture arrives in Singapore

    by Robyn Gordner

    There’s an eye-catching new structure in Singapore and it isn’t a new skyscraper.

    Playworld installed PlayForm 7 in the city last month. The first PlayForm 7 installation in the world is at Marina Bay, near the Merlion, a favorite spot among tourists and residents alike.

    I was very excited to fly from Pennsylvania to Singapore to photograph this milestone in Playworld history. After looking at Google Maps and street-level views for weeks in preparation for the photo shoot, it was surreal to be standing there on that very spot and witness the installation.

    PlayForm 7 establishes a shift in playground design and provides a strong visual impact. In a world where outdoor play is endangered and there is a pressing need to rethink play design, the structure offers a refreshing new take on play. It uses public art as a means to unite communities and creates an intriguing and interesting backdrop where everyone can gather, play, discover and enjoy being together on their terms, in their own way.

    The structure’s open design with over 20 play elements allows nearly 60 children to play on it at once. In fact, when I was in Singapore, I witnessed people of all ages and abilities playing on PlayForm 7. Seeing a PlayForm 7 in its permanent home and experiencing everyone’s’ reactions along the way was a moving experience that filled me with pride for my teammates back at home. It was thrilling to see adults and kids connecting with each other in meaningful ways and their excitement when they first laid eyes on PlayForm 7. They couldn’t wait to approach it, touch it, and experience it.

    The installation concluded with a successful event with local landscape architects and officials from the park and recreation industry. It was fascinating to see them getting involved with the play structure and relive their childhood days. Young children and adolescents took an instant liking to the structure. They had never seen anything like PlayForm 7 and have been turning up in large numbers to play on it since its installation.

    Thanks to Playworld’s local distributor in Singapore, CT-Art, for finding the perfect location for PlayForm 7 and making this installation happen.

  • Fewer screens and more time for play

    The recent “Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children” post on The New York Times Well blog received a lot of attention. Readers were vocal about the negative impact technology can have on children and adolescents. The reported statistics were certainly cause for alarm.

  • Funding your playground

    Most of us want a playground. However, coming up with the money needed to purchase the playground can pose a problem.

    playground 300x217 Funding your playground

    Fundraising is one popular way schools and other organizations can raise money for the items they need and want. Unfortunately it can often take several years to raise the funds needed for bigger ticket items such as playground equipment. One of the keys to successful fundraising isn’t just to find interesting new ideas for goods to sell or auction off, or for events such as standby car washes or spaghetti dinners; it’s about gaining the commitment of those involved to make the fundraiser successful through engagement, recruitment and passion for the cause.

  • How to build a playground in 10 easy steps

    playgrounddc How to build a playground in 10 easy steps

    t’s exciting learning to do something you know you’ll do again and again … like cooking a favorite meal or wakeboarding … but how often will you build a playground?  For some, it may be a regular occurrence—something that you do as part of your job.  For most others, such as members of the PTA, it’s a once in a lifetime situation that may seem exciting, yet daunting.

  • Play: The possibilities are as vast as the universe

    A baby’s brain contains 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) at birth—that’s about as many stars as in the Milky Way!  And nearly all that brain will need.

    4cs 1024x858 Play: The possibilities are as vast as the universe	Each neuron has about 2,500 synapses—connections between the neurons that aid in brain development. By the time a child is 2-3 years old, that number grows to 15,000 synapses per neuron as the brain develops. These early formative years are prime time to create the foundation for learning that will carry us into adulthood. From a very early age, children play. Children learn about the world around them and themselves through play. Play is a huge factor in a child’s development. It provides opportunities to develop essential developmental skills.

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