Category Archives: Haiku Deck

Hearts of Play Go Global

Well PlayGroundology readers where do we see ourselves on the naughty or nice scale as we enter the Christmas season? I know that I’ve had a few questionable behaviours over the course of the year that may be getting looked at askance by that red-suited, twinkly-eyed, cookie-snacking guy…

Hearts of Play ReduxPhoto source – Leland Francisco. License – (CC BY 2.0)

In the hopes of spreading some good cheer and making up for my transgressions, I’m dusting off and sharing an updated version of the Haiku deck, Hearts of Play, that I put together a couple of years ago

The act of freely giving time, money, or goods, is always a sure fire means of enhancing one’s niceness stock regardless of faith origins. I hope that the Hearts of Play Haiku deck will encourage readers to consider giving a gift in support of kids and play. Think of it as one love, one heart, one play….

Without further ado, five groups doing great work in communities around the world. Nota – none of the five groups are aware of this post.

Playground Ideas

Playground Ideas II PlaygroundIDEAS. Photo source – PlaygroundIDEAS

Playground Ideas is a not-for-profit organization that designs and builds play spaces for the world’s most disadvantaged children. They support communities to create play spaces where there are none. Their open source designs and collaborative approach empower communities to create public play opportunities that invites local engagement. Their passion for play has taken them to Africa, Asia, South and North America, New Guinea and beyond. Founder Marcus Veerman recently presented at TEDxMelbourne.

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East Africa Playgrounds

East AfricaEast Africa Playgrounds. Photo source – East Africa Playgrounds

East African Playgrounds is a Registered Charity in England and Wales (1129244) that aims to change the lives of children across East Africa by developing children’s learning opportunities and environments. We work alongside local communities to build simulating and exciting playgrounds, run arts and games programs as well as developing long term employment and training opportunities for young people across East Africa.

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Pop-Up Adventure Play

Pop UpPop-Up Adventure Play. Photo source – Pop-Up Adventure Play

Pop-Up Adventure Play imagines a time when all children have access to child-directed play in communities of supportive adults. Their work is grounded in a Pop-Up Adventure Playground model providing children of all ages and abilities with opportunities to recognize, explore, and express their natural play instincts… on their own terms. Pop-Up Adventure Play is a registered charity in the UK (#1148987). Since this deck was originally posted, this dynamic team has criss-crossed the USA, done a world tour and written a book

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Playground Builders

Mak Play Not WarPlayground Builders. Photo source – Playground Builders

Playground Builders creates playgrounds for children in war-torn areas. There is often no safe place for children in these communities to play. Most have never experienced the joy of a swing or the thrill of a slide. We at Playground Builders are dedicated to building hope and peace through the gift of play. Playground Builders is a registered Canadian charity: #852810019RR0001.

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Empower Playgrounds Inc.

Light up the NightEmpower Playgrounds Inc.. Photo source – empower playgrounds

Empower Playgrounds Inc. enhances educational opportunities for children in Ghanaian villages by providing renewable energy through electricity-generating playground equipment, smart LED lanterns and hands-on science kits. Empower Playgrounds is a nonprofit, tax-exempt registered 501(c)3 registered in the USA. In October of this year, the group released Lighting the Night: Mirabell’s Story available for viewing on Vimeo here.

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While writing this post, I received the following from the Pop-Up Adventure Play crew, a little pre-Christmas serendipity.

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The original Hearts of Play Haiku deck can be found here. Happy giving from PlayGroundology….

The Joy of Play

I love playing with our kids and watching them as they create new worlds, discover simple pleasures and push physical boundaries. In play, they are brightly shining lights, beacons of now inviting me to join them and momentarily let go of my adult sensibilities.

I’ve become more attuned to the intrinsic benefits, beauty and magic of play in the last few years. Our favourite venues are outdoors and it seems that for the kids every excursion and each new setting are opportunities to let loose. This is a visual year in review with our star players.

In 2014, our plan is to keep on playing and make the most of priceless moments. Wherever you are, we hope you’ll join us for the joy of play.

Hearts of Play

In both religious and secular celebrations, giving, goodwill and peace are Christmas mainstays. For kids it’s an incredible time, a wondrous dance of merry magic dream makers feverishly anticipating the arrival of Père Nöel, Sinterklaas, or Old Saint Nick. The air is infused with hope, friendship and play.

Beyond our own homes and communities, out there in the wider world, there are those who on a daily basis act with hearts of play. My thoughts gravitate to these Pax Ludo envoys at this time of year because their mission – helping kids to explore and experience the joys of play – is so closely aligned with Santa’s selfless journey of giving.

If you are looking for a good cause to embrace, consider for a moment one of these fine organizations in Hearts of Play (click through for version with full notes).

Enjoy this time for reflection, giving thanks, and family.

NEWSFLASH, this just in – PlayGroundology’s first Haiku Deck, The Book of Play has received a ‘hai 5’ and is in the running for best Haiku Deck in the Pure Wow category. Check it out, VOTE for PLAY and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013.

Hats off to Haiku Deck who make storytelling a breeze. Cheers

The Book of Play

Welcome to PlayGroundology’s first ‘book’ project – The Book of Play. I hope you will enjoy the images and accompanying text.

Haiku - The Book Of Play

I have been wanting to do something like this for quite some time but I’m not gifted in the graphic design department. Haiku Deck sorted that for me with their simple and elegant approach to presentations.

Recently, they made their platform available in a desktop environment, see Tech Crunch. That got me and 1000s of other newbies playing in their sandbox. It was a good play, build, create experience and I will be back for more.

The positive response to date and the number of people checking out the deck make me think that this little project can grow and be sustained over multiple editions. Plus, I’m happy to share with you that the team at Haiku Deck has selected The Book of Play for the ‘featured presentations’ section of their site.

If you have compelling photos of kids at play from anywhere in the world that have a creative commons license, please drop me a line. I’d love to include them in subsequent editions of The Book of Play. I’d also like to hear your comments on this first issue.

Two more images before we go. The first is my parents and I back in the day. We all had a more youthful blush about us in those ancient times and Mom is absolutely stunning. Papa I wish you many more years of play on your 79 day and thank you for all the fine seasons we’ve spent together.

Alex,Mum&Dad

The last image features a photo of a man loved by hundreds of millions in every corner of the globe, a man whose compassion, courage and conviction made this world a better place. Thank you Nelson Mandela for the great gifts you fought for fearlessly. Amandla!

Nelson and young boyPhoto credit – STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP/GETTY IMAGES