UCF's Creative School for Children will be one of 10 early childhood centers in the nation to receive an innovative playground to foster imagination in playtime.
Funded by a partnership between the national nonprofit KaBOOM! and the Dr Pepper Snapple beverage company, the $13,000 Imagination Playground consists of interlocking puzzle pieces that allow children to create their own playground, according to a press release. Because of its adjustable nature, the playground will be able to be modified and redesigned daily.
“Play is key to a child’s development on a physical, emotional and cognitive level,” said Amy Hesse, director of the center, in the release. “And this playground allows children to use their imaginations without being limited to one specific form. They can recreate it anyway they want every day. We’re very excited about it and can’t wait to see the children’s reaction.”
The playground will be revealed to the kids Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The Creative School serves kids who range in ages from 6 weeks to 5 years old.
KaBOOM! focuses on promoting children's playtime. It partnered with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which strives to provide high-quality early childhood education. The Dr Pepper Snapple company works with Let's Play, which plans on granting more than 1 million children "new or improved playgrounds around the nation between 2014 and 2016," according to the release.
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