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20 Cool Playgrounds

Imagination Playground in a Box

How many times have you bought a kid a present only to find him more interested in the packaging than in the toy? Imagination Playground in a Box is a wink and a nod to those of us who know that kids don't always need toys that are more high tech than our home computer.

Architect David Rockwell designed Imagination Playground with the idea of free play in mind. The playgrounds use foam blocks, water, sand as well as found objects and loose parts. Instead of swings and slides, kids configure their own play space using the available materials and the

environment around them, learning not only how to explore their own creativity but also how to cooperate.