If I were designing an indoor playground, and I happened to be as clever as Tali Buchler, the Outside the box indoor playground, installed at the community center in Zichron Yaakov, Israel, is precisely what I would have created.
I would take as many cardboard boxes as I could find, take them neatly closed, and proclaim them a giant set of building blocks. (I might have the kids paint them. I might also put a few pieces of rattly junk inside the boxes for mysterious sound effects and further enticement.) All with the hope that this would result.
And then this:
And then, given the added incentive from having a community center that is in the heart of Israeli wine-making country where I could count on a generous donation of corks, I’d invest some serious precision drilling time to make this giant “cork-pixel wall” – a “5 meter long by 2 meter tall plywood panel, with 4000 holes that can be filled with colored wine cork caps.”
Practical playfulness inviting whole-body, whole-mind, whole community creativity.
Can you tell how much I love this?