The Fun Rings are part of the Play Ribbons series that the office has developed and prototyped during a long process of research and development of play routes, playful circuits of events, for users of different ages and in different stages of physical & mental development. The Fun Rings encourage playful learning in a safe but challenging learning environment, fostering the development of physical, social, communicative and collaborative skills.
“Playful learning” is a whole-child approach to education that includes both unsupervised play and guided play. This type of learning takes place in what is called “playful learning environments”.
This type of learning has been found to be very effective because apart from promoting a state of low anxiety, it provides opportunities for completely new experiences and active engagement. It allows children to learn from peers and adults, building skills of communication and collaboration in a fun and entertaining way.
From a neuroscience point of view, “playful learning” can contribute to children’s ability to learn from previous experiences and build upon existing knowledge further enhancing cognitive skills. In order to maximize learning outcomes, this type of learning must bear five characteristics: joyful, meaningful, actively engaging, iterative and socially interactive, all found to facilitate the development and activation of interconnected brain processes in growing children and support their capacity to learn.
The King’s Ring has been designed to become a playful learning environment for kids ranging from 6 to 10 years old. We call this kids’ age group “kings of the world”. In this stage kids are learning cooperation, coordination, and social abilities. At 6 years old they usually start primary school, starting to work together and create their own games and rules, making competitions among them.
At this stage they need to be supervised specially to avoid violent conflicts among them.
The playing activities need to be challenging on the physical and mental aspect to keep them entertained but also to leave free space for imagination and sport activities.
The playful learning environment needs to foster development of motor skills and physical capabilities, improving strength, coordination and balance.
The King’s Ring is composed of physical activities such as swinging balls, climbing surfaces, open slide among others. Also, it includes a xylophone to create music, some seating arrangements and a puzzle to practice their cognitive skills.
The main inner structure is stainless steel frames and the finishing material is made with stainless steel sheets with a layer of fluorocarbon paint. Some of the features and equipment on top are done with fiberglass. This Fun Ring reaches a maximum height of 2820 mm.
The colors, play features and details of this project can be customized depending on the needs of the client and conditions of the site. The modifications will be done upon request.
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