We were thrilled when New York's High Line park opened in 2009, and we were delighted to come across the recent news of designer Cas Holman's custom play feature for the green playspace: the High Line children's workyard kit. Comprised of a collection of wooden planks, pulleys, wheels, wingbolts and rope, this interactive kit may morph into myriad structures, and there are "no wrong answers" when it comes to what children ultimately design. Sounds like a perfect, engaging interactive toy which will please parents interested in their children learning new things and getting down to the crucial, healthy business of playtime.
The various pieces included in the High Line Children’s Workyard kit may be joined together to create a giraffe, monster, robot, airplane or whatever “thingy” (in the designer’s own words) kids may dream up. Children may also form a structure that can convey buckets of materials. But instead of focusing on the finished product, Holman wants the acts of playing and building to be a child’s goal when engaging with the workyard kit — making playtime about the journey, not the destination. She developed the Workyard Kit in collaboration with Early Learning Educators and Friends of the High Line, and the kit “reflects the High Line’s industrial history and simple, honest materiality.”