Kids need to play actively every day, at home, in schools and in communities, because active play is critical to a child's physical, emotional, and cognitive development. That is why KaBOOM! is dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. One way KaBOOM! is doing that is through our Imagination Playground™ initiative, which brings the innovative, loose-parts, playgrounds to school and community settings around the globe. We have witnessed the power of Imagination Playground™ to engage kids in creative play that is physically challenging and collaborative, fulfilling the needs of the whole child.
Imagination Playground™ consists of three core elements that foster a dynamic, child-centered environment:
+ Manipulable Environment
+ Loose Parts
+ Play Associates
How does it work?
Imagination Playground™ provides an innovative play opportunity that can be instantly activated anywhere, anytime. We’ve hosted Imagination Playground™ sessions at schools, community centers, museums, public parks, street fairs, and even office settings. The possibilities are endless!
Watch the video above to see the power of Imagination Playground™ and check out our answers to frequently asked questions.
Benefits of Imagination Playground™
Allows young children to develop strong skills in creativity, communication and collaboration, as well as physically challenge themselves in a safe environment
Allows children to develop language, communication and problem solving skills that are key to cognitive development
Promotes cooperation, self-regulation, the development of social relationships and other elements crucial to social-emotional development
Is an easily customizable system that instantly activates small and non-traditional spaces into a great place to play
Can be added to existing playgrounds to provide more holistic opportunities for play
Provides professional development opportunities for teachers and childcare professionals with specialized Play Associate training
Engages families and community members to become involved in their children’s play activities