Is snow the ultimate plaything?

We think it might be!

Rethinking Childhood

Over sixty years ago the architect Aldo van Eyck, who weaved outdoor play into the fabric of war-torn Amsterdam, was inspired by seeing how, after a snowfall, children came out of their homes and claimed the city’s spaces for themselves. Even today nothing gets children of all ages out of doors faster, or in greater numbers, than a decent layer of newly fallen snow.

Why is fresh snow such a universal draw? Surely the answer lies in its exceptional qualities as a material for construction and destruction. The invitations, offers and affordances of snow are extensive, inclusive and democratic. Anyone capable of moving their arms and legs can make a snow angel. No assembly instructions are required.

snow angel

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One Response to “Is snow the ultimate plaything?”
  1. Steven Chown says:

    A thousand and one things to do with snow – see video of German City Farm at 24.35 – for snow angels with a difference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mx_m7ItViM

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