Kids Enjoy Imaginative "Junk" Playground
MANKATO, MN - It might look like a bunch of junk, but to these kids, the possibilities are endless.
MSU Mankato student Shaleah Schmidt said: "If they see a box of cardboard and just a thing of tape laying there, they can create what they want. They can create a giant ladybug or they can create a space ship and different things like that."
MSU Mankato students who are studying child development put together this special playground, where kids can let their creative energy run wild. There were plenty of boxes to build forts, a mud pool, and lots of duct tape.
"They can open their imagination, things don't need to be specifically structured for them." said Stephanie Johnson, one of the students who was there to help run the playground.
For years, playgrounds have been built with an emphasis on safety, but these students think kids are not learning how to manage risks in the real world.
"There are so many things these kids can't do. They can't climb up the slide. I don't really understand why, if they fall, they are going to learn from it." Johnson added.
This is the 10th year the school has put together the playground. At the end of the day, it's hard to get the kids to go home.
Johnson said: "We actually had a kid come in and say 'there's nothing to play with, it's just a bunch of junk'. By the end of the day, you couldn't peel them off."