Actualization of Cultural Playground Educational Game Tools as Strengthening Love for The Country in Early Children
Educational game tools (APE) are play equipment that contains education that is used to stimulate imagination in the child's development process. APE in this Indonesian culture-based playground can foster a sense of love for the Indonesian homeland in children from an early age. The purpose of this study is to describe and explain various APEs in cultural playgrounds as strengthening love for the homeland in early childhood. This research is a qualitative descriptive study. Data collection techniques using observation techniques, in-depth interviews, and documentation. The data analysis technique used is an interactive data analysis model by Miles and Huberman, namely data reduction, data presentation, and conclusion drawing. This research was conducted at the Taman Kanak-Kanak (TK) Pembina Ponorogo. The results of this study indicate that the TK Negeri Pembina Ponorogo requires APE based on Indonesian culture to strengthen the love for the homeland from an early age. Therefore, APE that is appropriate and supports cultural playgrounds as a strengthening of love for the Indonesian homeland “egrang”, bekel ball, “congkak”, jump rope, “engklek”, “bakiak”, “rangku alu”, “cublak cublak suweng”, and “gasing”. The APE is a representative learning media to be introduced to children because in each game there are cultural values from various regions in Indonesia. Playground, in this case, is the right vehicle to introduce these various games because of course all these games are very fun when played together outside the classroom. Thus, the existence of APE in this cultural playground can support the implementation of a cultural playground that can foster a sense of love for the Indonesian homeland in children from an early age with fun methods and media.