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Children playing on a seesaw
Title : Children playing on a seesaw Children playing on a seesaw
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Source : B 48010
Date of creation : ca. 1900
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Children playing on a homemade seesaw consisting of a plank laid across a saw horse. Seesaws are among the most popular pieces of play equipment and in this form are the simplest to make. The question of balancing the weight distribution is among the earliest practical examples of physics in the playground.

Surprisingly there appears to be only one schoolyard rhyme for seesaws:

Seesaw Marjorie Daw

Jack shall have a new master

He shall have but a penny a day

Because he can't work any faster

Period : 1884-1913
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Berry, Pauline. Playgrounds that work: creating outdoor play environments for children birth to eight years, Baulkham Hills, N.S.W.: Pademelon Press, 2001

Dow, Gwyn and June Factor (eds.) Australian childhood: an anthology, South Yarra, Vic.: McPhee Gribble, 1991

The endless playground: celebrating Australian childhood compiled and edited by Paul Cliff; with introductory essays by Robert Holden and features by Jack Bedson ... [et al.] Canberra National Library of Australia, 2000

Opie, Iona and Peter (eds.) The Oxford dictionary of nursery rhymes, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980, c1951

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