Posts Tagged ‘children’

Playplax by Patrick Rylands

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

 

Playplax, another toy from my childhood, was designed in 1966 by the brilliant British industrial designer Patrick Rylands. It’s in the permanent collection of the V&A Museum in London. Thanks to Fraser for actually finding it online, after I failed to (see his comments here).

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Rocking camel by B.C. painter/author Jim Willer

Friday, July 15th, 2011

I grew up with this psychedelic rocking camel, handmade in the late 60s/early 70s by B.C. artist/novelist Jim Willer. He called these “Bumpity Camels” and ours was one of a series—our cousins had one too. When we were kids it used to have a blue wooden knocker on a wire that hung inside and clip-clopped when you rocked (even though camels are silent), but the noise drove us crazy so we removed it, and so did our cousins.

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Once Upon A School – Dave Eggers and his Pirate Supply Store/Tutoring Centre

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Most people have probably seen this video, but it’s worth watching again. Dave Eggers won the 2008 TED Prize for his education and literacy work with kids, and in this entertaining acceptance speech he provides a brief history of his project. He’s the founder of the unbelievably successful Once Upon A School program which offers free drop-in tutoring centres for kids.

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Marble runs – every house needs one.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

I spent hours as a kid making marble runs, using anything that was lying around my dad’s tool area. I’d usually start with a big chunk of solid wood (usually cedar, left over from deck-building) and make the marble wind around it in a spiral, down tracks made of elastic bands stretched between two pairs of nails, thin slats with grooves whittled out, leftover copper plumbing pipe etc.

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Sports and Leisure Center in Saint-Cloud by KOZ Architectes

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Sports and Leisure Center in Saint-Cloud by KOZ Architectes, via ArchDaily. Photos by Stephan Lucas. This building, designed for children, is so well thought out it’s worth going to ArchDaily and reading the well-written and slightly franglais rationale.

Excerpts: “The building uses colour very openly and assertively, with a wide palette ranging from red to green, by way of yellow, pink and orange.

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Best 6 year-old dinner party guest: Noah

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Noah: ‘I can’t help buying Doctor Who cards’. Photograph: Caroline Irby

I want to sit next to Noah, age 6. He was interviewed for the Guardian’s Seen and heard series of chats with children:

The world is being destroyed. It’s like summer in the winter now.

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