THE REDISCOVERY OF FIRE
- NOT SPREADING LIKE WILDFIRE JUST YET ,
BUT SOME SPARKS HERE AND THERE
“Toffee Park Adventure Playground, London
“Sutcliffe Play has donated a fire pit to an inner-city adventure playground to encourage children to learn how to manage fire safely.
“Toffee Park right in the heart of London, is an open access playground offering exciting structures, equipment and activities allowing children to play in a safe environment. The playground is open in the evenings and during school holidays and is regularly attended by around 250 children aged from six to 13 years old from the local area.
“Andrea Quaintmere, Manager at the playground comments: “Apart from campsites that allow fires, opportunities for using fire as a medium for working with children are increasingly rare.
“We have built fires in the past and have always received a very positive response. When I heard about Sutcliffe Play’s fire pit I was very keen to trial the equipment.
“The response from children has been fantastic and we’ve used it every day since it was installed, which has been brilliant in this cold weather! So far, we’ve mainly used it for cooking. With the help of the children we made pumpkin curry on Bonfire Night, baked apples and hot chocolate”.
“The fire pit has definitely had a positive effect on behaviour. Children find it relaxing and therapeutic. It also gives them a sense of belonging as part of the team looks after the fire, whether it be making the seating area from logs or collecting bits of wood to keep the fire going”.
“Having the fire pit has enabled the children to challenge their own perceptions of risk and fire. It has given them their own sense of health and safety, and we’ve found that older children have enjoyed safe guarding and teaching those younger than them about our fire policy.”
Playworker wisdom from Andrea there.