‘It’s fun in the legs’: children’s dwelling in garden trampolines

Jan Arvidsen*, Helle Johannessen, Jenny Veitch, Søren Andkjær

*Corresponding author for this work

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Physical activity is critical for children’s current and future health status. Understanding how children’s everyday outdoor environments encourage movement could help progress the health-environment debate. In response to this, and adopting a theoretical focus upon dwelling, skills and the haptic engagement, this qualitative case study explores 25 Danish 10–11-year-old children’s everyday use of garden trampolines. Three principal methods of data generation were employed in the fieldwork: photo-elicited interviews, group interviews and participant observation at children’s important outdoor places. Findings suggest that garden trampolines are important everyday outdoor places for children that–among other things–can spark a vigorous physical movement in abundantly meaningful and joyful ways. Further, findings indicate that trampolines are places of inexhaustible movement opportunities, which operate through haptic sensations, feelings of skilfulness and attunement, expansions of the range of motions available to the body, and interactions between children. Implications for future research and design are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
JournalChildren's Geographies
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)312-324
Publication statusPublished - 3. May 2020


  • Children
  • garden trampolines
  • haptic
  • outdoor play
  • physical activity
  • skills


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