Posts Tagged 'kids'

Santa’s Got a Beard That’s Long an White… Wait!

This has to be one of the oddest, smartest, cutest, weirdest, unique ways to keep his precious face warm this winter. Check out Etsy’s Laura Design take on a hat and beard. Kinda adorable in a log cabin kind of way. There’s also ones for your adult lumberjack of a a man.

 

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Children’s Book.

I’ve been thinking of a small craft project that would allow children to be expressive in terms of interior spaces. And I’ve been doing some reasearch which brings me to all of the great design books for children’s room and baby nursuries. My sister asked for some help from me when decorating her two children’s rooms so these are three great resources to go to when you need to gather ideas for ways to decorate your kids cabana.

 

Room for Children design book susanna salk

Room for Children book by Susanna Salk, $29.70

feathering the nest Tracy Hutson, $20 | Amazon.com

Feathering the Nest by Tracy Hutson, $20

Terrance Conran Essential Children's Rooms design

Terrance Conran's Essential Children's Rooms, $14 (releases May 2011)

Energizer Monkey Bars.

The Electric Slide article in this months Dwell magazine is a must read for those of us who are curious about new ways to give back to this pretty planet while educating integral age groups. How about starting a busy and interactive playground that produces power from the stomping and swinging of energetic kids? Well, looks like someone claims fame to the idea.

 

Click on image to see video of this illustrations' creation.

 

Click here to go to the article online or see it transcribed below…

“For something that’s meant to celebrate the pleasures of childhood, the playground sure has gotten old. The essential program—–swings, slides, monkey bars—–is as limited and predictable as the activities it’s designed to promote. Though a playground may divert or entertain, rarely does it engender the kinds of social interactions that can meaningfully teach. It’s true that even the most uninspiring variant will whip a kid into furious expenditures of energy, but the outcome is a small, if satisfying, harvest: a better appetite and a tighter night’s sleep.

All of this caused professor Alice Chun to ponder how a 16,000-square-foot vacant lot in Stuyvesant Town, the Manhattan residential development where she lives with her husband and young son, might be used to change all that. “There are merry-go-rounds in Africa and India that generate energy,” she notes. “Children play on them, and villages with no water or electricity are able to pump from wells and have light. If they’re doing it there, why can’t we do it here?” Consequently she put this playful challenge to the graduate students in the design-build studio she teaches at Columbia University.

The as-yet-unbuilt playground, which the students named Kids Climb-It, is an all-rubber, recycled, and recyclable environment featuring 18 tripods—–constructed from steel pipes enclosed in rubber balls—–with rope nets strung between them. As kids climb the nets, their motion activates generators in the tripods’ peaks, which produce energy that’s stored in underground batteries.

The net system—–with eight distinct zones including ramps, tunnels, and vines—–encourages children to use their imaginations to develop their own games. Some of the rubber balls on the tripods trigger lights, bells, and water misters across the entire landscape, and a time and energy stopwatch enables kids to calculate how much power their games can generate within a fixed time period. And because the netting zones have been designed to attract different age groups, Kids Climb-It also functions as a kind of neighborhood in miniature, teaching and encouraging children with varying skill sets, temperaments, and degrees of maturity how to interact with each other.

As a reimagining of the aesthetics of play, a more efficient use of public space, a producer of clean power, and a landscape that encourages young people to think independently, Kids Climb-It is more than simple recreation. It looks to be a model of what tomorrow’s playgrounds, and citizens, might very well be.”

Puzzle Party.

I have been looking for a dinner tray for my niece and nephew for some time. Each time I come across something I like online, I lose the link and I’m on to the next find. Which has led me to the Puzzle Dinner Tray from MXYPLYZYK.com.

Its $55 but a great first birthday gift. Made of melamine, this assortment of utensils, cup, and plate is intended to make children become aware of correct table setting as early as possible. Geeze… I think I as an adult could refer to this every once in a while. =)

Puzzle Dinner Tray

Puzzle Dinner Tray

Dwell in this Playroom.

Dwell Magazine is featuring a fantastic slideshow (slthough very brief) on interior design and its beautiful and very functionally modern take on the playroom for kids. I love the outdoor teepee! Check it out!

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Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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