Here's a fun set of images that you could use in a variety of ways for science, history, culture, or just for fun. Children's playgrounds look significantly different now than they did in the 'olden days'. Did you grow up with push merry-go-rounds, tetherball, and monkey bars? Do your students play dodge ball? Take a look at these images for an engaging - and fun way to investigate motion and force, sports and fitness, play and culture, all while digging deeply into the past.
Katy Connolly of the Right Question Institute suggests that you could pair these historical images from the Library of Congress with a more clear and modern picture of people playing on similar equipment.
Other ideas include using (for example) the may pole image - which is not playground equipment really - as a Q-focus for the QFT which could generate questions that take students into harvest and planting traditions that cover many centuries of cultural events.
Share these images and see how discussion flies!!