Do-it-yourself playful fitness-SwingRing is a new take on it.
Too many people tend to take the subject of environmental awereness a bit too seriously – and we agree with that. However, we also say that we should take it seriously but make it fun in the end. That’s why we created SwingRing.
This versatile playground item is made of wood reused from demolished old buildings. It features a rather traditional look, but it is obvious that it was built with the help of imaginative and energetic children.
The target audience is very broad: SwingRing can be the source of a whole range of playful activities. It can serve as a toy for small children, it can give a push of adrenaline for daring youngsters sitting on its rim, but we found that it is quite useful for coach potatoes like us, who just want to strengthen their calves. Let us take you through the various aspects of SwingRing.
The construction process
We didn’t really plan to build SwingRing – in fact, the opportunity came up. During the summer, we usually go to a bunch of camps together with KreaKids members, usually to rural areas where you can let go of everyday constraints and work freely. Together with the kids, we have previously built several wooden toys with the help of DEMO design camp organizers; and when the kids noticed just how many pieces of usable, but unused wood are around our camp, we started thinking of ways of using them.
Now we’re looking for opportunities of reusal of old wood and materials.
Children have been a vital part of the project, quite from the very beginning even until today, and we believe that without them, SwingRing would not exist. It was children who noticed the available material; it was children who helped design and actually build the thing, and then, among others, now it is also children who have fun sitting and swirling on it.