- What was your favorite playground/park when you were a child? What did you like about it the most?
- How do you define “fun” in your own words?
- surroundings /sr-OWN-duhngz/
- urban /UR-buhn/
- influence /IN-floo-uhns/
- hillside /HIL-sahyd/
- freedom /FREE-duhm/
[noun] – the place where someone lives and the conditions they live in
My grandparents used to live in quiet yet beautiful surroundings.
[adjective] – of or in a city or town
People in urban areas make up most of the country’s population.
[noun] – the power to have an effect on people or things, or a person or thing that is able to do this
I don’t like studying but my teacher’s influence is motivating me to do so.
[noun] – the sloping surface of a hill between its top and bottom
Be careful! The road twists and turns on this hillside.
[noun] – the condition or right of being able or allowed to do whatever you want to, without being controlled or limited
Children have the freedom to play on weekends.
The idea of a playground with specifically designed equipment originated in Germany in the 1850s, and the first playgrounds were built in Manchester, United Kingdom, and later Boston, Massachusetts. However, Scandavania’s philosophy of free play has resulted in more inspiring surroundings. It all started when Danish architect Carl Theodor Sørensen proposed the concept of skrammellegepladser or “junk playgrounds”. His goal was to give urban and rural children equal opportunities to play after witnessing kids turn construction sites into play areas in the 1930s. Sørensen’s influence then reached Glasgow via Assemble Studio over the next four decades. The Turner Prize-winning team’s mud-themed Baltic Street Adventure Playground debuted in 2013. Play cities like Copenhagen, Denmark are no longer limited to specific neighborhoods or children. Basketball courts in the streets and slides built into hillsides have been associated with the concept of play in an urban environment.
Playing is all about freedom. So let’s get our clothes stained with mud, dirt, sweat, and joy the next time we go out to enjoy our leisure time!
- From where did the idea of a playground originate?
- Where were the first playgrounds built?
- Who is Carl Theodor Sørensen?
- How did Sørensen come up with the concept of “junk playgrounds”?
- What is the theme of the Baltic Street Adventure Playground?
- When was the last time you have been to a playground? Please tell me more about it.
- Do you and your friends usually go to the playground? Why or why not?
- If you could go back in time as a child, would you prefer to have more freedom in the playground? Please elaborate on your answer.
- Do you think the concept of fun nowadays is different from back then?
- For you, why is it important to develop the philosophy of free play in modern times?