Play Africa has developed an African contribution to freely-available global placemaking resources. We have created an open-source toolkit, which supports local adaptation and implementation of Play Africa’s “Designing with Children” workshop.
We developed this toolkit to build the capacity of placemakers, educators and others to lead a participatory workshop to positively influence the development of more child-friendly, safe and playful urban environments, with a focus on African cities and towns. This toolkit can be used by everyone to create a playful learning experience for children while empowering them to imagine an improved community.
These materials are designed to deepen your learning of play, and provide additional perspectives on playful learning in South Africa and across the globe. These materials provide additional context and examples of placemaking for those who wish to learn more. The first section is a collection of Thought Leadership pieces from various practitioners engaging in placemaking in Africa and around the globe. The second section is a History of Play Africa and Play Africa’s experience in participatory placemaking with children.
Please share your experience of using the toolkit with us. How did you adapt the workshop to your context? How did you empower children to solve problems using design thinking? What did you learn by exploring thought leadership from across the globe? How will you use this toolkit in your community? What more would you like to see in this toolkit? We want to hear your feedback to inform our design for version 2 of the toolkit.