Sums are child’s play by the sea

2015-06-23 06:00
A ship’s steering wheel, part of new equipment at the Mouille Point play park, encourages children’s imagination, as shown by Vida Janse van Rensberg.

A ship’s steering wheel, part of new equipment at the Mouille Point play park, encourages children’s imagination, as shown by Vida Janse van Rensberg.

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Play time has just become inventive and educational, as a new set of tactile play equipment has been installed for the public’s use in Mouille Point.

The play equipment will be rolled out along the Sea Point Promenade. It is being tested in Mouille Point to see if the mate­rials used to construct the equipment will withstand extreme conditions associated with life next to the sea, will stimulate the market to supply similar play equipment which is of a higher standard and will test the durability of the equipment in this high-use environment, says Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects.

The equipment cost approximately R300 000, which includes the installation by a specialised contractor.

Far from a regular jungle gym, the climbing structure has an algebra panel, a talk tube, a ship’s steering wheel, two slides, a climbing net and a fireman’s pole.

“The algebra panel is excellent for developing a child’s motor skills and makes maths more fun, the talk tube allows you to talk to somebody on the other side of the play structure, the ship’s steering wheel encourages roleplay and stimulates the children’s imagination and the two slides, climbing net and fireman’s pole develop coordination, skills and self-confidence,” explains Walker.

Further equipment will be installed at the Milton Road play park on the Sea Point Promenade, the first section of a multimillion rand upgrade to the popular tourist stretch

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