Sorenson’s influence on the development of adventure play is well known, but
far less is known about his co-collaborator Hans Dragehjelm
Dragehjelm and Sorenson worked on a major
transformation of Klampenborg (proposal titled “The Children’s Paradise).
In the documentation they sent,
Hans Dragehjelm argued for the design of the park, saying that there it:
“Would be possible for parents
with children of the common people, at no great expense, to spend their
leisure time in safe surroundings, so that the children would find an outlet
for their natural urge to be “children of nature”. I am thinking in
particular of the chance to play in open terrain, among trees and bushes,
and in close contact with small animals, to which children in big cities in
particular usually have no access.”
It is of note that in the
1930’s Dragehjelm was already a man
of significant influence regarding children’s play.
He introduced the sand-box in
Denmark in 1907 (he was also known as the father of the sand box) and was
later the man behind four ministerial circulars (1918, 1923, 1925 and 1935)
on playground furnishings.
Dragehjelm was not just a school teacher but was very influenced by Froebel
thinking. Dragehjelm, along with Sofus Bagger, founded the Froebel Society
in Denmark in 1902. The ‘Froebel influence’ may, in part, explain the
context of how Sorenson came to realise and create the first junk
Unfortunately little is known about Dragehjelm and his influence on the
development of junk/adventure play.