Saturday, April 21, 2012

Play is For Everyone

Every child should be allowed to play, but what if they are unable to play the same way as others? Many children with disabilities are unable to play and do the same things other children can, and one thing that stops them dead in their tracks is the playground. Playgrounds have lots of fun things for children to do and play on, but much of the equipment is not accessible for children with disabilities. My class spend a day discussing this and through Google SketchUp we created our own accessible playgrounds where all children have the opportunities to join in the fun. Google SketchUp is an easy way to create 3D models of just about anything. The playground I created has a pirate ship with a ramp leading to the upper deck where children don't have to deal with stairs. There is also a house with a wider built door for easy access as well as a circle room to make it easy for wheel chairs to turn around and get back out. Between the two structures is a flat surface for games such as hop scotch, four square and basketball. I also added a few "fake" objects to make the playground seem more real such as rocks, a dolphin and a garden. The whole surface area would be made of rubber palates as well as the objects so there would not be any hard or sharp areas to fall on. if you have an idea and want to make it come to life try Google SketchUp for free, and one day you can make a difference with your ideas.


2 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea to make the playground into a ship!! What a great way to incorporate a ramp, too! Nicely done!

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  2. WoW! Your Playground looks Amazing!
    I'd take my kids to play on your playground and brag:"I know the designer." ;)

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