A project that contributes to the harmonious development of children at school, while taking care of the planet.
The heart of the project :
Enrich children's play in schoolyards
and promote the reuse of objects.
It is about transforming the human and material environment in schoolyards, to promote free and creative play for children and enable the reuse of objects destined to be discarded.
The Play Box in two points:
1. A giant "Play Safe(Box)" placed in the playground,
filled with recycled material
and made available to all children at the school.
2. Training for the adults to become play facilitators.
Impacts and benefits :
for the children, for the adults, for our society
- Reduces accidents and unwanted behavior in the playground,
- Increases collaboration and social inclusion,
- Nourishes the natural creativity and imagination of children,
- Improves physical health through outdoor activity,
- Develops autonomy and self-esteem in the child,
- Children are more ready to go back into classrooms and learn,
- Enhances the role of the supervising team,
- Meets an ecological need through the reuse of objects,
- Raises the awareness of the school community and parents on environmental issues.
In conclusion, children and adults are happier at school, the increase in well-being is considered a key element for success at school.
This is an operational process that has been successful in over 200 schools abroad : in England, the USA and Australia. For more information, visit the Scrapstore PlayPod website.
Instructions for the “Boîte à Jouer” :
Big "Boîtes à Jouer" (Play Boxes), filled with recycled material, are installed in kindergarten and primary school playgrounds.
They are filled and refilled with clean and secure loose parts collected from the circular economy in a participative way, in partnership with insertion networks specializing in collecting objects, and with parents.
The "Boîte à Jouer" is opened daily at play time (before and after school, lunch time, etc…)
All the children from the school could play freely at the same time with the objects from the "Boîte".
Up to 250 children could play at the same time.
Training and mentoring would be provided for the staff to help them become not only supervisors but play facilitators as well.
Who are we ?
Emma and Jean-Marc, two parents with children attending primary school. Our aim : increasing well-being for everybody at school.
We each have a significant career in the fields of : working with children, activity leaders, sustainable development and the voluntary sector.
Together, we have created the non-profit organisation :
that runs the project.
Our supports :
During all the first phase of exploration, we multiplied contacts with a wide range of people (teachers, supervisors, political elects, Education Department Office, researchers, environments organisms,…)
Our project raised a lot of interest which confirmed that it would be positive for children's development.
Several of those people offered their support and some became our partners :
The "Ligue de l'enseignement" and european organisations (Erasmus + project)
Scrapstore PlayPod which started the Scrapstore PlayPod project in England several years ago.
A University of Educationnal Sciences for the evaluation of the project in France
Specialized networks for collecting the objects
And a team of voluntary people (a HUGE thank you, without you all, we wouldn't be here !) architect, graphic designers, webmaster, sound engineer, builders, teachers and friends, young, and less young.
Our objectives for the next 5 years :
Transform the human and material environment so that kids can access quality play opportunities with reused objects during playtimes.
Change the perspective on play at school and develop a better understanding of its role and impacts in the lives of children.
120 schools equiped with a "Boîte à Jouer" and 30 000 children benefiting from them.
Reuse 224 tons of waste by collaborating with social inclusion organisations for the collection of materials.
Raise the awareness on environmental issues in the school community through a series of informative programs.