Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Giant's Hair is a Slide: Awe-inspiring Playgrounds

There are playgrounds that still live in my head, and always will, because of their design.

It's a difficult balance to strike,... making the playground unique and fostering creativity and play, rather than simply acting out some predetermined story (this is a pirate ship! act like you're on a ship!).

I'm a big believer in letting kids write the story when it comes to playing (rather than spelling it all out, as a lot of toys do these days). And these ingeniously designed playgrounds do an amazing job of reframing reality, destroying scale and the everyday, so that they only suggest the beginning of something much larger (or smaller). Kids can create the rest.

I'm sure they're making powerful memories along the way.

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