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3) Evaluating past designs

Two children looking at parks images on a computer screenLook at the design of past playgrounds and play equipment. Use photographs of playgrounds from the past . Compare and contrast with recent trends in the design of play equipment.

  • What play equipment is there?
  • How are playgrounds different from today? How are they laid out?
  • What is the function of each piece of equipment?
  • How did children operate or use moving equipment?
  • Does any equipment encourage creativity, present a challenge, or stimulate imagination?
  • What equipment is still used in playgrounds today?
  • Which equipment is no longer popular, and why?
  • How are play features designed? What techniques were used to shape and assemble them?
  • What are they made of? Why were the materials chosen?
  • How easy would it have been for children in wheelchairs or with sight limitations to use this equipment?
  • What maintenance would be needed?
  • What surface is the equipment erected on?
  • What hazards can students identify? Would these be acceptable today?
  • Is the playpark enclosed or open?
  • How and why has the design of playgrounds and the fixed equipment in them changed over time?