Kids are designing their own playgrounds in a contest which puts kids in charge of making the playground they want. In Fort Lee, New Jersey, children’s ideas about what a great playground looks like will become a reality later this summer at schools 1 and 3.
“We try to make real-world options come to life,” said gifted and talented program teacher Elsa Osso. She had encouraged her fifth-graders to come up with a project that would benefit their schools.
Since January, students have been designing stencils to make the 480 square feet of blacktop at each school become a place of colorful games and activities that stimulate the body and mind.
“We were inspired by mathematics and patterns,” said Andy Zhao, designer of the winning entry with School 3 classmate Yejun Choi. “We kept in mind that the game had to be easy to learn, easy to play, and fun.”