AMSTERDAM – Space is scarce in the big city. But playing outdoors is essential for the healthy development of children, and it’s educational too. The City of Amsterdam concurs.
To highlight the importance of playing outdoors, the City unveiled a unique installation with an educational, interactive play element on National Play Outside Day. Because, says the City, this installation gets the iPad generation to play outdoors too. A spring rider will always be a spring rider, but the programme can be adjusted on an ongoing basis with this new interactive playground installation and as a whole, it fulfils the demands of this era. The Valentijnschool and Flevoparkschool in Javaplantsoen have Yalp Memo installations, which can be used during breaks and after school. The playground installation will not only be used by primary schools. As it happens, there is also a special needs school and ROC in Javaplantsoen, so pupils of all educational levels can make use of this installation.
Space is scarce in the big city, so it is a challenge to find space for a children’s playground. The City of Amsterdam aspires to position itself as a city of which exercise and playing are an integral part, in addition to living and working. The city is therefore keen to invest in modern, healthy playgrounds that appeal to children and contribute to the vision of the city of which playing is an integral part. As it happens, the effects of playing outdoors are unprecedented: it promotes children’s learning achievements and has a beneficial effect on their physical and social development.
Playing outdoors has changed
According to the City of Amsterdam, the way children play has changed dramatically compared to 10 years ago. Particularly in the city. Children living in high-rises have a strong interest in digital media. The slide and swing are in competition with games such as Minecraft, Angry Birds and Pokémon Go. After all, a swing will always be a swing. While games provide a great deal of excitement. Interactive gaming combines children’s interest in modern technology with LED lighting, soundbites, and exciting games with levels with physical activity. Outdoors. All vandalism-resistant.
Educational element developed by Quest
The educational playground structure that has now been placed in the City of Amsterdam consists of 7 pillars on a hexagonal base. Operation of the pillars is comparable to the operation of a smartphone or tablet. Games are played by touching the screen and swiping, and children can choose from fun and educational games with one press of a button. The educational element was developed by scientific journal Quest. The playground structure also is open to the public after school hours.