Category Archives: Greenland playgrounds

Should Playgrounds Be More Perilous? Maybe Says The Wall Street Journal

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.

Christmas Playgrounds

There isn’t much in the way of snow yet at PlayGroundology’s home on Canada’s Nova Scotia coast. There weren’t two flakes to rub together for jolly St Nick’s arrival. No white blanket wrapping the ground on Christmas Day this year.

For those of us who are missing the snow and for others who just love its presence, PlayGroundology has put together a flickr gallery of Christmas-like playgrounds from the planet’s arctic and sub-arctic regions.

Three Wooden Pigs – by avidday
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Click here or on image above for flickr Northern Playgrounds gallery.

These three wooden pigs from Oulu, Finland made me think of the pigs of Christmas past. Each and every one is a succulent walking roast. Are they forever on their way to see the new born king?

From the cozy warmth of our own homes we can take a circumpolar flight and touch down at playgrounds in Alaska, Nunavut, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Siberia, Russia. We can also let our imaginations loose and think how kids use this equipment in winter weather. Oh, and if you’re tempted to lick the ice on the metal structures, thankfully these are just photos.

Many thanks to the wonderful photographers who share their work on flickr and make these galleries possible.

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