January 20, 2011

Bright ideas: Play on wheels

Playgrounds for delivery? In Dundee City, UK playgrounds Play on Wheels (POW), a “mobile play service,” delivers temporary playgrounds to children in need. Filled with crafts, loose parts, and other “play stuff,” the POW vehicle travels to schools, parks, and public spaces, offering children opportunities for unstructured, child-directed play.

For decades, mobile ice cream shops (aka "ice cream trucks") have brought the joy of frozen creamy goodness to children everywhere. Who is to say that trucks can’t bring children playgrounds, too?

See POW in action:

Photos courtesy of POW. See more photos.

POW is a joint venture between the National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries and Working on Wheels, which both aim to increase play opportunities. Working on Wheels is pioneering the concept of mobile community service, going beyond play to address other community needs. They assert that a “mobile community vehicle” can also function as a:

  • Health advice center
  • IT center
  • Environmental education center
  • Sensory center for disabled children and adults

Intrigued? Working on Wheels encourages you to consider setting up your own Mobile Project, and offers an online guide to get you started.

Learn more about POW and the National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries.

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