Some Other Playgrounds

"playfulness is ... not only to be enjoyed but to be accorded high value for its fundamental role in the success of all organisms, including humans." -- from Variability in Brain Function and Behavior
Serendip and its Playground are not the only places that take play seriously or provide things to play with. Provided below is an evolving list of materials that have a productively playful air about them. Updated summer 2005 by Kate Shiner, as part of the activities of the Serendip/SciSoc 2005 working group. Suggested additions to this list are welcome.

On the Web
Sodaplay
Build, animate, and/or race moving models, you can even play with the laws of physics

Morality Play
Nineteen different moral dilemmas to play with, compare your results to those of others

Implicit Association Test
Plato says "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." But what can your play tell you that you don't know about yourself?

Three Body Dynamics simulation
Play with stars that obey the laws of physics. Can you predict what they will do?

Black Box Game
Shoot electrons to guess where the atoms are

ArtPad
Send your art to friends and they can see how you created it!

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game

Hexagrams Puzzle

Arteventures
Innovative and informative art and design games for all ages

Mirror Game
Play with the physics of reflection

The Asylum: Psychiatric Clinic for Abused Cuddly Toys

Offline Play Ideas


Games Economists Play
Ideas for simple classroom games to teach economic principles, by Greg Delemeester and Jurgen Brauer

Games Kids Play
Impressive index of many types of children's games
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