Playground in a Box

That’s right, you heard correctly. A playground in a box.

How is this possible?

Simple. Kids are naturally curious about things. They like putting things together, stacking things up, making forts, etc. Give them a bunch of random parts and they’ll create fantastic things.

It seemed fitting that we came across this post by Playground Ideas right after our video about the Power of the Stick. The two seem to fit perfectly together because what is more fun for a random box of pieces that a box of nature pieces?

Playground Ideas and Pop Up Adventure Play collaborated on the “Loose Parts Manual” to inspire unstructured play and encourage people to make use of what’s around them. The idea is, you don’t need to invest hundreds of dollars in playground equipment to get kids active. While nice, playground equipment isn’t the only option out there. There are many benefits to their playground in a box idea, not the least of which is that it’s cheap. Plus, depending on what you want your playground in a box to be, you could event take it with you. It’s portable! Can you say that of your slide and swing set?


Thanks Playground Ideas, for this awesome picture. Love the background props.


You can download the manual for free, but you have to sign up first at Playground Ideas. Just enter a name and email address and it arrives in your inbox immediately. We can’t wait to go though ours. Happy playing!

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