2014 ‘Heroes of Play’ Blocks: C. Theodor Sørensen, Junk Playgrounds

“Of all the things I have helped to realize, the junk playground is the ugliest; yet for me it is the best and most beautiful of my works”.  Carl Theodor Sørensen, 1951

Just in time for the holidays, I’m pleased to continue the tradition we started last year with a set of wooden blocks honoring play hero Aldo van Eyck. This year we honor C. Theodor Sørensen, father of the adventure playground, with his own set of blocks, exclusively designed and hand-printed for Playscapes by the ever-creative Jen Bulthuis of Fidoodle.

In honor of Sørensen’s ideals, the blocks are accompanied by some ‘junk’:  a rubber band, a locust twig, some twine, and a muslin flag.  Some blocks  have holes so that they can be manipulated along with the junk…make your own construction to remind you that kids should still, seventy years on from Theodor’s ideas, get to play with junk!

We’ll be talking much more about Sørensen’s legacy over the next few weeks.  But go ahead and order now to be sure of Christmas delivery, since the blocks are handmade in small, loving, batches and quantities are limited.

You can purchase the Theodor blocks, or the Aldo blocks, or both sets in the Playscapes store…save $10 if you order a package of both!

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