Interactive playgrounds are a new style of game modules that combine a classic structure with multimedia elements to give the feeling of being part of a video game. Despite being a type of playground whose popularity is growing every day, there may still be doubts about what an interactive playground is about; this article will clarify some myths.
It is a video game console
No. The interactive playgrounds are not video consoles where children play connected to a screen. They are outdoor elements, just like a traditional playground, to which sensors, speakers, and screens are strategically added so that children can feel that they are part of the video game and carry out the activities of running, climbing, or jumping. The activities are done outdoors, not limited to a computer, console, or closed space, where children remain static.
It’s not multiplayer
By making the similarity with a video game, one might think that the activities are limited to a single player, in pairs, or a maximum of four players, as are many console games. Still, in the case of interactive playgrounds, although you can play individually, you can also play in teams, with no maximum number of participants, so the fun has no limits.
It is only for children with higher skills
It seems that to participate in the activities of an interactive playground, you need superior skills and abilities, mastery of special knowledge, or similar. Still, no, this is far from reality. The interactive playground can be used by all children regardless of conditions or skill level; the only requirement is to want to have fun and enjoy every moment.
It has only one theme
We refer to video games since they have a specific plot and each one is limited to a particular theme, but interactive playgrounds are versatile. Themes can be interwoven to maximize action and engagement between play areas. Combining different themes according to the needs and interests of the children who use the playground creates an optimal experience that everyone falls in for fun.
By including the technological elements in the traditional structure, each user can generate a different experience, just as if using the playground for the first time; the fusion between these elements awakens children’s creativity while simultaneously developing psychomotor skills.
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