Child’s Play

Competition Details


by Julia Stefanello

“A fairy spread poles and panels in magical places. She gave TarpAllIns to children. Each of them began to build a shed, a nest, a hamac… The TarpAllIns were hanged to every pole: houses and cities were building up… The children’s imagination seemed limitless. The TarpAllIns lived through generations, creating a unique bound along the years.”

On hiking tracks, dedicated to families with young children (the game is aimed at kids from 3 to 6), resting areas are created. TarpAllIns can be hanged onto fixed structures of wooden poles or structure of wooden poles combined with plastic panels, installed in these resting areas.
Those TarpAllIns are affordable fabrics that will motivate children along the hike. They can be used alone or on the structures for further possibilities. The pattern is made with holes and pockets suggesting varied activities. With the cloth the child will be able to make his own shed, to fold it as a bag, to spread it and use it as a blanket, he’ll be able to create a nest or a climbing rope, etc.
From an environmental point of view, the structure’s materials can be easily dismantled for replacing damaged parts and recycling. The TarpAllIn is eco-friendly by its reuse after the hike: in the house or garden.

Building a shed, building his own world, playing with a cloth to hide or disguise himself, swinging, going into shelter or having a rest are some of children’s favourite games. To me, games should not be one-way thinking and playing, they should evolve and change according to the child’s own decisions. At this age, kids build their personality, the TarpAllIn is a support for play making and experimenting their body. It offers both intellectual and physical interest.