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Technology in the playground

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, looks at how technology is changing our children’s playgrounds - for better or worse. In 2008, Britain saw the introduction of it’s very first hi-tech playground which used magnetic swipe cards to engage children in tasks and tracked their performance on the playground. The idea was that this new playground innovation would exercise children’s brains a ...

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How to check for safety in the playground

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, knows that playground safety is a big concern for parents. He offers his advice on how to be sure your local playground equipment is in good condition. Parents naturally worry about their children’s safety. While playgrounds are generally safe, up to 40,000 children per year require a hospital visit due to injuries sustained in the playground. You shou ...

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Creative ideas for a DIY children’s playground

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, shares some of his favourite ideas for creating your own children’s playground at home. Children love going outside, playing on the swings and taking on obstacle courses, but playgrounds don’t have to be just for school break times and weekend trips to the park. With a bit of creativity, children can benefit from play in their own back garden without t ...

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