Just as soon as I’d been remembering San Diego, there’s a Playgroundology post about a visit there!
Next time I visit my family out there I am for sure going to The New Children’s Museum. Go look at that website right now!
Back? Okay then!
Here, as your reward, is a photograph of another playground car. This one is located at Haywards Adventure Playground, a place for disabled children (or children with disabilities, if you’re American) and their siblings in north London. An old, broken down car was donated and then the staff set about fixing it to the ground, securing the doors open and replacing the engine with fragrant, edible plants.
This early work was done by the adults, in preparation for children’s free and total use of it. The doors were wedged open with a ramp so that all the children could enter and drive the car. Half-sunken tires provided seating for those who wanted to watch. The sage and lavender created a sensory cloud, attracting a mix of children like butterflies. Choosing edible plants meant that the children could smell, tear and eat at the leaves – whatever they felt moved to do. The children were supplied with paints and markers and traffic cones to make it their own, if they choose.
And they did.