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16th November 2007 at 00:00
Playground equipment that comes in assorted giant shapes has helped to brighten up breaktimes at Woodmansterne Primary in Lambeth, south London, writes Helen Ward.

The new Snug pieces, which were launched last week, give children a range of building blocks that they can use to create their own play areas.

Jovinie Kamembele, 10, said: "Before these came, we played football every break. Today we made an Anderson shelter by making a tunnel and putting a cover on it - we've been studying World War Two."

Anita Wright, headteacher, said: "The big thing for us was whether children would enjoy it. They really do. We even had a McDonald's drive-thru out there the other day. So much for Jamie Oliver."

The equipment was created by artists Hattie and Tim Coppard, sister and brother directors of Snug and Outdoor, who received funding from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, Arts Council England and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. It is now being manufactured in Yorkshire by Sutcliffe Play. A starter kit costs pound;10,500.

Photograph: Neil Turner.

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