3) Evaluating past designs
Look 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?