Go on a Playground Crawl
What's better than visiting one playground? Visiting 6 playgrounds in one day. Epic! So where's the STEM in playgrounds, you ask? It's all around us! That's the great thing about STEM. It's everywhere. Who do you think designes the slides, the swings, the teeter totters, and the monkey bars? Playground engineers! Now THERE's a great future job in STEM. All you need is a product design engineering degree and a lot of imagination. Someone's gotta do it!
This map is "ok," but a better map is provided by Sussex County at:
Project Materials List
Related Web Links
Click HERE for a fantastic view of all the playgrounds in the area.
Ideas, Notes, & Tips
The Silver Lakes tot lot (which is also good for kids older than 3+) is our favorite playground. It's got some good shade, there's a bridge with a ton of turtles, the equipment is nice, etc. Highly recommend.
Reality Check: Taking a playground tour takes time. We like to put some limits on each stop to keep the day moving - 10 slides, 50 teeters, 10 minutes of swinging, etc. It introduces an element of math and counting. Then, at the end of our journey, we review the best part of the day and/or the best playground rides of the day.