OK, I’m going out on a limb here.
I really don’t think a playground has much real “play” unless it has loose parts. And yes, sand, especially wet sand, counts as loose parts and makes for a much better play space than any that don’t feature loose parts or wet sand.
As I’m sure you know Imagination Playgrounds have come up with a wonderful solution for loose parts. They have hit on exactly the right combination of price, complexity and durability. I love this stuff. If you agree then let me ask you this.
Look, the Imagination stuff is “soft” enough that you could almost get away with putting it in the fall zone o a play structure, no? If so, then what shapes would you suggest that could be used in and around existing play structures???? Maybe the standard ones work OK but then I’d like to play with this technology some before I gave up on shapes that could enhance the play structure.
There are something like 350,000 existing playgrounds in the USA alone. Most of which are less than optimal. Set aside for the moment the issues of securing and storing the parts; we’ll come back to that in later posts. But I’m getting excited by the vision of all this stuff in COMBINATION with a play structure. And don’t get me started on how this could greatly enhance inclusive play.
What do you think?