SpelenmaaR / JustplaY











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

Date Time Lokatie Partner
April 313.00 - 17.00MarktDuuzame Lentemarkt, Stichting Ondernemers Wagening
May 514.00 - 17.00TorckparkCircusscgool Utrechtse Heuvelrug - 5 mei commité
June 1810:00-17:00Speeltuin TuindorpSpeeltuin Tuindorp, Midzomerfeest
July 313.00 – 17.00MarktLeeffestival
August 513.00 - 17.00Wijkcentrum de NudeKindercultuurzomer
August 1013.00 - 17.00W. Berkhemer OB speelplek Nieuw KortenoordKindercultuurzomer, Groen Nieuw Kortenoord
August 1213.00 - 17.00Speeltuin TuindorpKindercultuurzomer, speeltuin Tuindorp
August 1513.00 - 17.00OB speelplek PomhorstKindercultuurzomer, SOLIDEZ
August 1613.00 - 17.00OB speelplek WitmondpleinKindercultuurzomer
August 1913.00 - 17.00OB speelplek MargrietplantsoenKindercultuurzomer
August 2012.00 - 16.00BergstraatKindercultuurzomer, Montmartre aan de Rijn
August 2813.00 - 17.00TorckparkKindercultuurzomer, Emmaus Wageningen
September 2210.00 - 14.00School OlympiadaSportservice en Buitenschoolse cultuureducatie
October 2910.00 - 13.00Renkum voor ElkaarTalentenmarkt kinderburgemeester Renkum,

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SpelenmaaR XL!!

Sunday, August 28 is the exciting play finals of the KinderCultuurZomer 2022 in the Torckpark!  The children will make their own play finals with stuff from both SpelenmaaR and Emmaus-Wageningen. A lot of children and (grand)parents in Wageningen got t know  SpelenmaaR this summer.  SpelenmaaR is an inclusive pop-up loose-parts playground. Wherever SpelenmaaR pops up,…


Fun with car tires

If you ask an adult “What can you do with a car tire?” your answer will probably be “roll, sit” . It turns out that the tires at SpelenmaaR can do much more than serve as seats or roll around. Watch and be amazed. With every SpelenmaaR there is another surprising application. With all the…


Typically SpelenmaaR

SpelenmaaR is on tour in Wageningen. Little by little people know us. How we know? Some children come to play for the second or sometimes even third time! These experienced Playmates know what we have in the trailer, grab what they need and get to work right away.  We ourselves are also getting the hang…


SpelenmaaR Leeffestival Wageningen

On Sunday 3 July 2022, part of the market square in Wageningen was the domain of children. SpelenmaaR had descended on it for the Leeffestival. The market was littered with all kinds of loose items. Cloths, boxes, planks, tyres, sticks, pots and much more. All these items were accompanied by the sign “Children are the…


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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