In today’s society
There is an increasing focus on schoolwork and extracurricular activities that cut into free play time for children. With more attention being paid to child safety than ever before, once homework and chores are completed children are turning to inactive activities, such as television, video games or playing on tablets and smartphones, rather than going outside for unstructured play. Childhood obesity is a rather unfortunate outcome of this new reality. Did you know in Australia, one in 5 children & adolescents are either overweight or obese?
Unstructured outdoor play whether it be on a playground or just out in the backyard allows children the freedom to develop their imagination and learn to handle risks. Children develop a sense of independence and confidence that will take them into adulthood.
Playspaces of the future
Should be designed to stimulate and delight children. In a world where unsocial digital interaction is becoming more common, producing outdoor playgrounds that interact and engage should be a priority.
To keep up with technology playgrounds need to evolve to embrace the digital age by combining technical features, such as light and sound, into the playground area. By connecting the digital and physical worlds it is possible to reinvent the outdoor playground.