Monday, 22 June 2009

I've worked with many school groups on texts/poems about play as part of creative consultation work undertaken with Snug & Outdoor. I'll be talking about the process at the Urban Words event on June 30th. The following was written with children from Orchard School in Wisbech.


CONSULTATION EXERCISE


What do we want in our Adventure Playground?
Well!!

Can there be a seesaw that seesaws
and spins around and bounces up and down?
A spinny pounder – an up down and around and rounder –
And please make it electric so it goes one hundred miles an hour.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

Will it be truly playful Can it send us all speechless?

Can there be a virtual reality obstacle course
Something like a car seat and you can steer
something in front of you like a little screen?
Can there be obstacles on a roundabout please that you have to jump over?

Oh, and we need a soft foam carpet in case you fall off.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

Can it smell of strawberries,
You know, of fruit and stuff
Like those Airwick sort of things?
As you pass it can you stop
and all sorts of food and drink come out?

But no roses please because my mum’s allergic.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

Make it an I-don’t-want-to-leave-I-want-to-go-back-again-place please
And can it have a great big tail that shakes and you have to hold on?
Make it a Mindbreaker – able to help you out of the very worst mood.

Can it be fun for everyone?

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

Whatever age you should enjoy it even if you’re 100 like miss
Or even as old as Doctor Who

Can there be a blue box leading to an underground slide
With a whole earth that you can climb up?


Yes – a blue box with kind of like a floor and it undoes and its eternal and you go through to some virtual thing and there’s an obstacle course. And then it brings you out into another blue box and it’s the end.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

Can we have mythical animals
A dinosaur, some three headed
Dogs, dragons of course,
maybe a minotaur?

Can it be absolutely fabitastic
Utterly fabulilious?
The original amuser? A unique astonisher?
Can it be like that, please?
PLEASE! PLEASE!! PLEASE!!!!!!!

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