School playgrounds have gone through a bit of an evolution since I was a kid. Padded plastic and rubber have replaced the metal and timber structures that endured the use (and abuse) of hundreds of schoolchildren. It’s a wonder that more of us weren’t permanently maimed by these ‘slaygrounds’ of yesteryear. Next to today’s brightly colored, safety-approved ‘play kingdoms’ the old equipment looks medieval. Don’t be fooled; if there’s one thing our children have proved to us is that no playground is 100% safe. In fact, every playground you visit has at least one guaranteed discovery – the infamous used band-aid.

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