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Children benefit from asymmetry in the playground

22 April 2015

Dr Rob Withagen wants to ensure that playgrounds and playground equipment are designed in future with asymmetry in mind. The University of Groningen/UMCG movement scientist says that the lack of variety in playgrounds is detrimental to the motor skills of children. Withagen’s research will soon be extended to the Groningen district of Selwerd. Concrete jumping blocks of different sizes and in different arrangements will be installed there to see what attracts children the most.

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Last modified:11 January 2018 4.04 p.m.

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