12 June 2020, By Steffanie Hoek

Physical instead of social distancing

Even though we are seeing a bigger embrace of the outdoors during a time of great change, playgrounds all over the world have temporarily been closed. While we are managing to guide the safe return to the playground, we can think differently about our behavioral patterns. Play is critical to all of us, at Yalp we would like to stress that limiting unnecessary physical contact with others doesn’t have to prevent us from playing outside. We can still stay (and play) connected while maintaining our distance.

Our interactives lend themselves excellently for social distant play with very low sanitizing needed. Our interactives are accessible to all with low injury potential. On the interactive dance arch, Sona, and many of our other interactives, you can initiate play with the press of your elbow. Just look at how the Sutu allows touch-free play.


Plus, many games are very suitable to be played at a distance while still having fun with your friends. There are also different play experiences every time you visit the playground as games can rotate automatically and new content is uploaded.

Fun fact: In the Netherlands and Germany, almost all interactives already remind people ‘to not forget to wash their hands after playing’ in their welcome message.

Our technology affects not only the user but also the operator. Our remote control tool My Yalp allows you to do a large part of your maintenance remotely without requiring your crews to physically go on-site as well as offering great insights into how the site is performing by looking at the play statistics. We can even see that more playgrounds are opening up again, children and grown-ups are starting to re-discover the fun of playing outside.

At Yalp, we want to live in a world of PLAY, no matter the circumstances.

Written by: Yvonne Overmaat, President Yalp INC.



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