Design for Kids

Stick-lets: Bringing Urban Kids Back to Nature

Industrial designer Christina Kazakia hopes to reconnect urban children to nature with Stick-lets, colorful connectors that let kids build with sticks.

  Children are destined to inherit the planet – but they already inhabit our cities. So how can we nurture and protect a child’s infinite capacity for play in the big city?   “Grasshopper Green” Stick-let In Philadelphia, Stick-lets industrial designer Christina Kazakia has discovered a way to “reconnect urban children to nature with play” combining a transportable, minimalist design…

Children’s Books on the Built Environment

With the exception of the immense stock of books about construction, there are relatively few stories about design or cities. Here's a short list.

I have two kids, ages almost 6 and 3, and while they love reading books, I enjoy reading their books as much, if not more, than they do. I love the nostalgia and silliness of Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl and the clever stories and terms that Mo Willems churns. The way my kids respond to books has shown me the…