An Amazing Fusion of Art & Nature

The Indianapolis Museum of Art commissioned the design team Visiondivision to create an incredible snack bar and swing set made from a single giant tree for its beautiful 100 Acres Park. Dubbed Chopstick, the project utilises a horizontally suspended tree that has been kept whole from trunk to tip, fusing art and nature in an unexpected new way. Visiondivision used a 100 …

Kids Play Made too Safe

A misguided health and safety culture is threatening to render children’s play meaningless, early childhood providers are to be warned. The United Kingdom-based founder of Outdoor Play and Learning (Opal), Michael Follett, says a “policy of fear” has reshaped play to the extent that children are losing out on vital learning. “You are taking away their ability to learn through …

The Importance of Bedtime Stories

We have really fond memories of our parents reading us bedtime stories at Climbing Frames New Zealand and now we are all enjoying reading to our own kids. Lucy Kippist, features editor at news.com.au shares with us how to choose the right book plus a selection of the best for each age group. Nothing can be more evocative of the …

The Only Child Has Entered the Mainstream

One-child families are the latest thing. “The only child is a growing phenomenon all over the world,”reports The Telegraph. “Half of UK families now have just one child,” saysThe Guardian. According to US-based Only Child, “The percentage of women who have one child has more than doubled in the past 20 years up from 10% to over 23%. Only child families are the …

Easy Meals to Enjoy with Your Family

Eating together as a family has many benefits. Meals prepared and eaten at home are usually more nutritious and healthy. They will contain more fruits, vegetables, and dairy products along with additional nutrients such as fibre, calcium, vitamins A and C and folate. Family mealtime is the perfect opportunity to encourage your children to try new foods without without forcing, coercing, or bribing. Remember …

Family Meals Best For Children

At Climbing Frames New Zealand we are often discussing the health and nutrition of our kids and the importance of keeping their diet balanced and healthy. We have found some great advice in this article, courtesy of the New Zealand Herald: Children dining with adults are more likely to be exposed to a wider range of foods – the key …

Art In Auckland Parks

Art is supposed be fun, but it can also, understandably, suffer from taking itself a bit too seriously when children and their sticky fingers are involved. Not so with outdoor art, especially when based in parks or playgrounds, creating an atmosphere where children are encouraged to climb, poke and mimic the artworks. At Climbing Frames New Zealand, we agree that …