Notch-Os is a brand new cooperative play set consisting of lightweight folding panels encased in a durable, weatherproof canvas material. The name “Notch-Os” refers to the notches and circles cut into the panels to allow them to be assembled in limitless configurations: stackable triangular tubes, accordion-folded freestanding walls, and much more. Accessories such as PVC pipes will further expand the play opportunities. The set can pack flat for easy storage or can be secured at a site using a cable. Since the kit can be used virtually anywhere, it will allow us to bring play to children year round, wherever they are.
The images below show the possibilities of Notch-Os using a cardboard prototype.
See Saul Bellows
See Saul Bellows (we could not resist this terrible/awesome pun) is a dynamic seesaw with bellows incorporated on each side. The air from both bellows would flow out at the seesaw’s fulcrum, activating whimsical, changeable components, including animal-shaped fabric balloons, musical instruments, air-flow science demonstrations, and even something as absurd as a giant whoopee cushion. This concept provides a unique and memorable play experience small enough to site in diverse locations yet large enough to feel substantial and create a spectacle.
FUNicular is a model funicular or aerial tram attached to the railing of a public staircase in Roslindale, ideally at the Roslindale Village commuter rail station. The model’s two cars will be connected by cables, so that when a child adds rocks or other weighted items to the upper car, the lower one will be pulled to the top, and so on. By adding a whimsical play element to an important transit node in Roslindale we will provide an easy, serendipitous play opportunity to passers by and commuters.
We have assembled an all-Roslindale team who bring years of rich expertise in play to our project.
Cora has worked at Boston Children’s Museum since 2009. She is an educator, a sailor, a crafter, a mother, and a proud Roslindale resident. When she was eight years old, her life dream was to build an amphibious mobile museum bus-boat and drive it around the world educating people along the way about monarchs, moon phases, and minke whales. Not much has changed since that time.
Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD is a licensed psychologist. He is the author of Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry. He is also the co-author of The Art of Roughhousing, as well as two books about children’s friendships. He has presented workshops on play to parents, schools, and families around the world.
Dave “works” at Explo, an educational non-profit that believes in sparking creative and intellectual courage and daring. “Works” is in quotes because it’s tough to call it work when you spend your days designing and building ride-on hovercrafts, mousetrap-powered ferris wheels, and any number of other projects whose sole purpose is to teach kids by wrapping that teaching in several layers of fun. A ten-year resident of Roslindale, Dave spends his “not work” time marveling at his two daughters’ creations and eating Oreo ice cream with them at Jimmy’s.
Chris is a co-founder of Roslindale Wants to Play and a member of the Roslindale Village Main Street board of directors. He believes that cities work best when their public spaces are used to engage the community, and he devotes much of his spare time to bringing Roslindale’s families together in playful ways. Raising two daughters with very different interests provides him with a constant reminder that play is not a one-size-fits-all activity. Chris has a background in mathematics and computer science and currently works as a software engineer at MathWorks.
Adam is a co-founder of Roslindale Wants to Play and is on the steering committee of WalkUp Roslindale. He is eager to make Roslindale a lab for innovative and community-affirming use of public space. Between his play and civic-oriented projects, which include the redevelopment of Roslindale’s Substation, he squeezes in a practice as an environmental and real estate attorney. Adam hopes to bring to his children, seven year old Arlo and four year old Esme, exposure to the kind of free exploration of outdoors and DIY play he experienced as a child.