children survey 016The village survey of teenage desires (certificate PG!) turned out not to be computer compatible.

Can you believe that?

We’d asked the children to list their top three preferences from a list of 11 – but Survey Monkey wanted them to have listed all 11 items in order of preference.

It’s very difficult to tell a computer that it’s got the wrong end of the stick.

So my daughter and I ended up counting beans (in total 60 forms had been filled in) and then listing the initial results (130107childrenssurveyresults) on a single survey form. (The presence of ‘others’ on the form is because some children didn’t tell us if they were boys or girls.)

The top five preferences for outdoors activities were (game-show drum-roll):

1/  A multi use games area. (30 votes in total. 17 boys. 8 girls. 5 others. Of the boys, 9 voted it their top preference. 4 girls likewise.)

2/ A natural swimming pool on the river. (26 votes in total. 8 boys. 15 girls. 3 others. 2 boys made it their number 1. 6 girls.)

3/ Canoeing/kayaking on the river. (23 votes in total. 5 boys. 13 girls. 5 others. 1 boy and 2 girls made it their number 1.

4=/ Climbing wall. (21 votes in total. 3 boys and 15 girls. 3 others. 4 girls made it their number 1. No boys did so.)

4=/ Youth play equipment/ outdoor gym. (21 votes in total. 9 boys. 10 girls. 2 others. 1 boy made it his top preference.)

And the top five preferences for indoors activities were:

1/ Youth Film Club 30 votes. (12 boys. 13 girls and 5 other)

2/ Cafe 27 votes (8 boys. 15 girls and 4 other.)

3/ Cookery lessons 24 votes (5 boys. 16 girls. 3 other)

4/ Drama group. 20 votes. (4 boys. 14 girls. 2 other.)

5/ Arts and craft workshop. 19 votes (7 boys. 11 girls. 1 other.)

The Children’s Playing Field Charity has met since the completion of the survey and have already approved a grant of up to £20,000 for the construction of a multi-use games area.

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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