January 30, 2009

The New Playground: Bye, Jungle Gym (TIME)

What a great way to start the day - seeing articles like this one! I really can't wait to see all the great things that happen with Imagination Playground™ this year.

The New Playground: Bye, Jungle Gym
By Kathleen Kingsbury
Jan. 28, 2009

It's happened to every parent: you buy little Sammy the hottest new toy, and he's more excited to play with the box it came in and the Styrofoam peanuts.

New York City–based architect David Rockwell has come up with some ingenious ways to amplify that familiar scene and, in the process, is bringing to the U.S. the most innovative playground design since child psychologists started fiddling with jungle gyms in the 1960s. Dubbed the Imagination Playground™ in a Box, his creation takes sand and water — two things all kids love — and adds in dozens of loose parts: foam building blocks of various shapes and sizes, buckets, wheelbarrows, brooms and shovels. All these elements come neatly stored in a mobile shipping container. "You just open this thing up, and kids' fantasy worlds instantly kick in," Rockwell says. "They use the parts to build cities, houses, castles, spaceships, even sewer systems."

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