A play structure designed to encourage endless opportunities for active movement and imaginative play at an affordable price point
Hideout Hollow Climber
The purpose of this project was to create an outdoor climber that expanded KidKraft's line of low price point playground options for toddlers. Our goals were to create a structure that offered a large scale for a competitive price and engaged highly active play patterns.
Keeping forms unique and fresh is difficult when developing a line of climbers. Instead of starting with the same ladder-platform-slide features, I decided to start with basic geometric forms, adding and subtracting volumes to create interest. The play I was going after with this exercise I like to call "interplay" which is the avenues children take to create their own circuits about a structure. The more ins, outs, overs, and unders we could build into a form, the better the interplay!
Original blow molded designs offered engaging play features, but high tooling costs for the unique tunnel molds.
Later designs implemented repeating parts that saved on tooling while maintaining the "interplay" avenues that make a structure engaging.