Why inclusion starts with playing together

Good luck – opening ceremony at the inclusive playground at the Hanover Youth Center.

The days get longer, the weather gets warmer, summer is here and then it’s finally the beginning of summer long awaited playground season! The kids can hardly wait to spend the afternoon in the sandbox, on the swings or on the climbing frame. There is laughter, rage and running. The coming days and weeks could be so beautiful for children, but the tumult is sadly over Playgrounds are mostly reserved for children without disabilities.

Including playgrounds is still a rarity!

We all know it from our own childhood – spending time with friends on the playground incredibly valuable. Children can be themselves there, screw up or relax. You can train different skills and above all learn to interact socially. But be honest: Have you ever seen a child in a wheelchair play on your regular playground?

Most of you will definitely answer this question with a “no”, because unfortunately most playgrounds in Germany are not yet designed in such a way that they are equally accessible and usable for all children. To date there is almost no playgrounds that are inclusive and barrier-free – it’s a shame when playgrounds have to be a meeting place, a place where ALL children have to be welcome.

There are all sorts of things on a conventional playground pitfalls and obstacleswhich makes it impossible for children with disabilities to play with. Be it the sandy flooring, the from wheelchairs and strollers not acceptable or play equipment that cannot be reached and used without barriers. Every mother with a child with a disability knows that the painful experience when your offspring have to watch from the edge of the playgroundwhile everyone else is happy and playing together.

Fortunately, boys on swing in the inclusive play area at Stück

Inclusion is when all children are allowed to play happy and safe!

Here children learn what it means to be inclusive and tolerant

Including playgrounds are incredibly important for any child. Because when people learn it from an early age everyone is allowed to be there and be welcomeso this is incredible valuable and important lesson for the further life. It is about not letting barriers arise in the first place, neither physically nor mentally. And it only works in the places where inclusion really lives.

So much the better The “Piece to Happiness” initiative provides – a project in collaboration with Procter & Gamble, REWE and Aktion Mensch, which promotes and enables the construction of inclusive playgrounds in Germany.

With “Piece to Luck” for even more happy children’s laughter

More than 30 playgrounds included the initiative has already been implemented, with very special play tools that provide access for all children and thus give all children a challenge and fun. Whether it is swings that children can swing in while lying down, or rotating carousels that provide space for a wheelchair. Here, children are encouraged to get involved with each other, to help each other, to think creative games and have fun together.

The boy plays and laughs at the inclusive play area from Stück zum Glück

In an inclusive playground, children also learn empathy and a sense of responsibility towards their fellow human beings

And what do children even say about it?

When I tell my two nieces about the campaign, they are very impressed. They will immediately visit such an inclusive playground. They are also enthusiastic about the play equipment with which they are completely unfamiliar. But unfortunately there is no inclusive playground in our vicinity, which makes them both very sad. They rightly ask themselves how the children will fare if they can not play on a conventional playground. A disappointing thought, which unfortunately is still a reality for children with disabilities.

It is so much the more important and beautiful than all of us the initiative “Piece of Happiness” can support. How does it work? When you shop at REWE buy a Procter & Gamble productsuch as Pampers®, Head & Shoulders®, Ariel®, Oral B® or Always®, Procter & Gamble donates 1 cent per product for the construction of inclusive playground projects in Germany!

here you will find a list of all inclusive playgrounds or playgrounds with inclusive equipment.

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So many more kids can play and make friends. Whether you have a disability or not.

Join in – we’re there too! #mod barriers in my head #pieceFortunately

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