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# Chapter 4 - Planning a Playground

## INTRODUCTION

Playgrounds are not only made up of simple swings and slides anymore. A playground for children is an important place where children develop physical strength and balance as well as make new friends. There are many companies who sell playground equipment and most of this equipment is very expensive. These companies show many of their products on their websites. When a group of people design a new playground, they should find out what equipment is available and then ask the people who will use the playground as well as what type of equipment they would like.

## THE PROCESS

1. Investigate the websites that sell playground equipment. For example, you could look at Henderson Recreation Equipment, Columbia Cascade, Blue Imp Play Ideas or Play Power
1. As you find equipment that you like, save the pictures (images) so that you can include these in your survey.
• Choose three of each type of play equipment. If you choose too many for your survey, people will find the survey too hard to complete.
• Save up to three pictures of each type of your favourite pieces of equipment.
• Create a file called "Playground Equipment". Ask your teacher where you should create this file (perhaps in My Pictures ).
• Place the cursor over the picture and right-click.
Click Save picture As
• Click on the file in which you will place the picture.
• Name the picture (e.g. 'slide1', 'structure1', or 'swing2'). Click Save.
1. Create a survey using the pictures you have saved. Make sure that the survey says that they can choose one play structure, one slide and one swing to have in the playground.
• Write a survey question.
• Write instructions for people to complete the survey. For example, do you want them to circle the equipment they want or place a checkmark in the boxes?
• Place the name of the equipment and the pictures in the boxes.
• Click inside the box where you want to insert the picture.
• At the top of your screen, click Insert .
• Click Picture and then From File in the drop-down box.
• When your files come on the screen, click on the picture file you want to place in the box and click Insert.
• Re-size the picture to fit the survey box.
• You may need to format the picture to move it into your survey.
• Right click on the picture, select format picture, then choose behind text.
1. Ask at least 10 people to complete your survey.
2. Make a tally of your results.
3. Then create one bar graph to show each type of equipment preference. You should create three graphs altogether.
4. Write a letter to the principal explaining why this equipment should be purchased.

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