Many community leaders at schools, parks departments, child care centers, and other agencies often wonder if they should rally resources for new or improved playground areas. The playground feasibility process is clear, straight forward, and easy to prepare but at the same time requires the local leader to consider several key areas in their decision making process.
Open-ended play allows children to express themselves in play freely and creatively, not bound by preset limitations. It promotes imagination and problem solving. In open-ended play there are no expectations and no specific problems to solve. In contrast, close-ended activities, have a determined outcome, a right answer, and a restriction on individual differences.
Touched by Olivia (TBO) was started the way many great organizations begin. A family was touched by a personal life experience that made them want to stand up and make a difference. In November 2006, John and Justine Perkins of Australia tragically lost their baby daughter Olivia, at just 8 months old, to a rare illness. In her short life, Olivia touched many hearts. It is John and Justine’s hope that Olivia will continue to touch many more lives through the work undertaken by their Foundation.
Playgrounds don’t improve themselves—they need love and care to thrive. If you’re lucky enough to have a playground within walking distance of your home, here are seven ways to ensure that it stays safe, well-maintained, and most importantly, played on by young and old alike. In honor of St. Valentine, let’s show your playground some love.