December 10, 2011

How to find a good playground

Posted in: Kids Stuff / Tech
By: Peter Costello

I like my phone.  I’m a bit of a nerd and I download / buy a lot of apps.  I’ve bought a few for the kids, although I haven’t really let them play with them yet.  Largely because I don’t want them to become a “go to” and have them be the only thing that will settle them.

Every now and then an app comes along that you think, “Wow, that app is cool as…!” That’s a great Idea.  I’ll definitely use that.  One such app is playground finder This is a great little app produced in partnership by Playground Finder, the Teacher Learning Network and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development that basically, does what it says on the tin.  Finds playgrounds.

Using the whole location based magics of iPhones, you just crack it open and it will tell you where the nearest playgrounds near your current position are.  It then goes on to let you know what kind of facilities you’ll find at a given, toilets, shade, whether it’s suitable for toddlers or not (a big one for us) to name a few.  But what’s really nice about it is there is seems to be a fairly active community using it, writing reviews and recommending various parks in their particular areas. There’s a star based system for recommendations and then some fairly in depth reviews.

We’ve yet to actually write a review but have used it in our area and found it quite good.  Also, just checking out our local parks and comparing them to the reviews that have been written was quite good in getting a gauge of the quality of the content and from our early experience, it’s fairly on point. If your in Victoria, Australia I would definitely give it a look.

So there you have it.  How do you find a good playground? Playgrounds app! It gets a big thumbs up from Say Noodle and the inaugural, “Say noodle – Wow, that app is cool as…!” award.  Go out and download it now because guess what, that gear is free!  Nice Work Playground finder, Teachers Learning Network and The Victorian Government, making free stuff for kids and their parents is ace. We think you’re awesome!

Also worth mentioning is their site has a whole bunch of content on it too, with search, lists by state or by publishers picks, lot’s of good stuff to help you find a good playground. I should also point out that I am in no way affiliated with any of the above parties, I just though it was a great app.  Nice one!