What Playgrounds Look Like Around the World

What is child’s play? That’s the tantalizing question photographer James Mollison took upon himself to answer when he revisited his old school in the UK for a photography project. That led to Mollison visiting 59 schools in 17 countries over a five-year span to capture the similarities and differences in playgrounds across the world for his new book, Playground. Here, an eye-opening look at how little ones spend recess at elementary schools across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.
ByCassie Kreitner
Senior Editor
Updated
Mar 2017
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Photo: © James Mollison
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United States

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Kenya

Valley View School, Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

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UK

Hull Trinity House School, Hull, UK

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Norway

Utheim Skole, Kårvåg, Averøy, Norway

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Japan

Shohei Elementary School, Tokyo

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USA

St. Mary of the Assumption, Elementary School, Brookline, Massachusetts

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Sierra Leone

Kroo Bay Primary, Freetown, Sierra Leone

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