Earlier this week, Sumathi Reddy wrote her first health column for the Wall Street Journal. It’s on a topic I hope we’ll hear more about particularly in North America – introducing additional risk in playgrounds.
If you haven’t had a chance to read it or see the lovely pictorial, take a moment to check Playing It Too Safe? New Playground Gear Promotes Risk-Taking to Boost Fitness And Brain Development.
The risk taking represented in the pictorial is still pretty tame compared to this do-it-yourself rig captured on video in Nuuk, Greenland.
Nuuk isn’t a thrill a minute playground paradigm shift. The modular equipment has made its way to Greenland too. Perhaps the suspended double swinger in the video is more than many parents would be comfortable with but where do we draw the line?
Playground – Nuuk, Greenland. Photo credit – Miss Copenhagen. License: CC – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
For some kids, the crazy swinging ride would trump the playground pretty much every time. We adults need to exercise common sense and balance and let the kids have some fun.