Playgrounds allow students to have active learning. They teach what we call twenty-first century skills: collaboration, social skills, innovation, creativity.–Jon Racek, Director
PlaygroundIDEAS is a Bloomington-based international nonprofit that provides training and resources to communities to build beautiful, safe playgrounds.
PlaygroundIDEAS developed its mission around the understanding that children’s play provides them with skills which they may not acquire through rote learning in a classroom.
According to PlaygroundIDEAS literature, “peer-to-peer learning teaches children to think for themselves, to problem-solve, to manage conflict, to experiment and to be innovative.”
The PlaygroundIDEAS website provides designs for playgrounds for communities looking to build a playground. The organization has also developed what director Jon Racek calls the “five hundred dollar playground,” built with common materials such as used tires and rope.