Tweens love playgrounds: 5 new science-based practice tips for playground design

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Webinar details


April 19

Time (CET)

6am, 10am and 7pm


60 minutes




Informal AILA, Informal CPLP



Webinar description

Transforming a generation of sedentary tweens be active is a glaring challenge: On a global scale, only around 23% of all 11 to 17-year-olds meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity. This is devastating, especially as tweens and teens repeatedly state that they like playful physical activity with friends. They like outdoor play and play areas, as long as the design accommodates them and not just younger children.  How can designers and planners bridge the gap between the need for physical activity and the natural play habits of tweens? Join this KOMPAN Play Institute webinar to hear about the brand new evidence on this topic and get the latest tips for designing active, fun school playgrounds for ages 9-13 years. 

Presented by

Thea Toft Amholt

As a PhD student in the KOMPAN Play Institute, Thea conducts research on physical activity, social interactions and playground use of children. Thea is a psychologist and has written and published several research papers on child well-being. Currently, Thea is using GPS and activity tracking measures to investigate playground areas and play equipment facilitating high physical activity for children. Her PhD project is conducted in cooperation with the University of Southern Denmark.

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