SpelenmaaR / JustplaY

three children playing with loose parts


Children in the Netherlands play less and less outside, also children in Wageningen. The corona crisis has reinforced this negative trend.

To turn the tide, Empowerment by Playing started  SpelenmaaR (JustplaY)  together with Johanna Schröder and Franziska Nath from Creatiefhuis Wageningen.

SpelenmaaR is an inclusive  pop up loose parts playground.

At the end of March 2022 we received a grant from Wageningen Doet. With this grant we could really start our plan. April 3, we popped up small at the Spring Market in Wageningen, on May 5, during the May 5 festival, we poped up larger. This way we gained experience.  Our official Kick off was on june 18th at the Tuindorp playground.


What is SpelenmaaR?

SpelenmaaR is a program to stimulate creative, adventurous and free play in Wageningen, to create rich play environments and to promote knowledge exchange about play.

SpelenMaar is a movable playground and pops up wherever children are.

SpelenmaaR is also an inclusive playground. All children can play, also children with a disability.

The pop up playground offers children the opportunity to play freely with loose materials such as boxes, cloths, car tires, planks, ropes, tape etc. This type of playground finds its basis in Denmark where the concept of the Loose Parts Adventure Playground was developed. We apply the proven concept in Wageningen and surroundings.


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Agenda SpelenmaaR summer 2022

Datum Tijd Lokatie
18 juni10:00-17:00Speeltuin Tuindorp
3 juli13.00 – 17.00Markt, Leeffestival
9 juli9.00 - 12.00hDorenweerd college Renkum, Kinderburgemeester
20 augustusMontmartre aan de Rijn
28 augustusTorckpark, Afsluiting Wageningse Kindercultuurzomer

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Successful kick off SpelenmaaR

Saturday 18 of June was the official kick-off of SpelenmaaR at playground Tuindorp. The playground was the scene of the annual midsummer festival that day.A lot of children started working with the loose materials. Huts appeared and disappeared again, an elephant was let out, inventions were made, sword fights were held and much more. Besides…


Freedom with boxes

On the 30th of June, there will be another meeting of the “Samen Speel Netwerk”. The theme of the meeting is “From play equipment to inclusive play”.In preparation for this  I ‘m researching this interesting proces. This picture of a  a child crawling out of a box was taken during the May 5th liberation festival…

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