Play is an integral part of Early Childhood education and development. Through play young children get an opportunity to develop physically, intellectually emotionally and physically. They are able to get into an amazing make-believe world and in so doing enjoy the wonder of childhood!
Children living in many of the slum areas in Kenya (especially in the capital city Nairobi), live in setting which do not give them opportunities to engage in play. By creating community playgrounds, children and parents will have the opportunity to come together for fun activities and play and the memories created here will be life long.
parents/caregivers and the community in general will get to be a part of children's development.
The community playground will have slides, swings, areas for water and sand play, monkey bars, hop-scotch patches. It will also incorporate indoor play. The indoor play set up will have corners/set ups where children can engage in make-believe play. The indoor set-up/space will also be a place where parents can come and have short trainings/seminars on aspects of child development.
Community playground where children will get an opportunity to play with equipment such as this.
The space will also be used for children to display their talents through friendly games and drama presentations.
Then indoor settings will have puzzles and games which challenge the children to develop their thinking skills.
Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?
The community playground is designed to be used by families living in congested slum areas in the city of Nairobi. The initial 2 community playgrounds can be set in Partnership to serve children within the Kawangware area, and the Ngando Area.
The success of these community playgrounds, can see the idea duplicated even further to cater for children who live Estates in houses/apartments, where no provision for outdoor play areas was given.
How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?
1. Approach a local church and a local primary school, to get permission for the community playground to be set in their compounds.
2. Speak with the local kindergartens/primary schools to get an understanding of the population of the families and children within the targeted area.
3. Speak to the children and find out what they are currently doing for recreation and find out what it is that they desire for their playtime to be meaningful. (Speak to the parents/guardians/caregivers too)
What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?
1. Design on practical yet good outdoor and indoor equipment which would make the children's experience unforgettable.
2. Shared experiences of those who may have done this before of have it in their country.
3. Enriching of idea so that it serves it's purpose in the community.
Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?
Yes. I am ready and interested in testing this idea and making it real in my community.