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That slide looks wooden and I can't imagine the amount of slivers in the butt! On the other hand, my favorite playground equipment in school were the teeter-totters and merry-go-rounds as well as a high metal slide, good swings and some metal monkey bars and I thought it was much better having plain grass or rubber mats under them instead of woodchips.

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I broke my arm twice on a playground, the first falling from a climbing dome and the second from the monkey bar, both before fourth grade. What I remember is learning not take huge, physical risks that yielded little reward. I became a better climber and a better mental negotiator. These are the kinds of risks children should have to make early in their lives.

Sure, we shouldn't create playground equipment that poses a death threat, but we take it too much to the opposite extreme. It isn't helped by helicopter parents, the type who leer at me when my young daughter scales the rock climbing wall without me standing under her ... I digress.

There are great examples of children's playgrounds in Europe where kids are encouraged to explore, climb and adventure. Unfortunately, our kids don't get that same experience, and yes, I think it handicaps them.

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