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The playground I observed was located inside an apartment complex that had a decent sized open field within it. The playground was in fairly good condition with the equipment looking undamaged, and the restroom facilities were looked as though they were cleaned regularly. When I arrived, four children were running around on the field playing with each other. The children had visible age differences; the younger two looked between 5 and 6, while the older two looked between 8 and 9. The children were accompanied by two adults who sat on a bench half watching, half talking. The children seemed to be playing some type of game, in which the two older children clearly had authority over the younger ones. This shows how age differences impacts the children play process; the older ones being more domineering in development sought out to create this fun environment, and the younger ones not as creative just following along. It also shows how the community structure influences the children’s play; they were being resourceful by using the open field to their advantage by creating a fun environment. The two younger children, however, eventually got tired of the older two authorities, and separated themselves by going to swing on the swings. The two older children saw how much fun the younger two were having, and joined them on the swings. This suggests the two older children no longer saw the game as fun since they no longer had the younger ones to boss around. At this point, the one of adults who was on the bench, come to the swing set to push one of the younger children. The other young child proceeds to start crying, and whining. The child was jealous of the adult interaction, and wanted attention as well. This shows how younger children are more reliant and needing of adult interaction. The other adult notices the child whining and leaves the bench to push the other…...

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