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Stimulating play to enhance physical activity in primary school corridors

Mennink, J.M. (2023) Stimulating play to enhance physical activity in primary school corridors.

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Abstract:Physical activity is essential for children’s mental health, physical wellbeing and development. However, in recent years, children are engaging in less and less physical activity. This thesis explores how children can be encouraged to exercise by designing a play structure in primary school corridors. A broad literature research has been executed regarding play, child development, theories to change behavior, existing literature in designing for play (structures) and existing play structures. This research was followed by interviews with stakeholders and the two experts in stimulating physical activity and children’s play. To contextualize the research, this thesis explores the function of the Monkeybox, an indoor play structure designed by Dutch company Nijha as the case example. To understand how the Monkeybox is experienced in schools, interviews were conducted with stakeholders, and observations were made of children interacting with the Monkeybox. Children were also asked to evaluate the current structure. Further, co-design sessions were also facilitated to evaluate the Monkeybox, resulting in design recommendations. These insights have led to research-informed recommendations for redesigning the Monkeybox, which are presented in a framework of factors that could be taken into account to enhance physical activity in primary school corridors in the future.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Nijha, Lochem, Netherlands
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Industrial Design Engineering MSc (66955)
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