The new edition includes a cul de sac road, where kids can ride balance bikes, a water feature powered by the kids, a wooden boat with grass waves underneath it, wooden huts at the top of the hill, and a circle of logs for the kids to sit on. These incorporations make it easy for the kids to explore and have fun.
Hanson got inspired by the balance bikes that are gaining popularity in different parts of the world after living in Germany with his family. In New Zealand, the bikes are made of a material that can handle weather better, and that is where the balance bikes are from.
The water feature is a popular aspect in playgrounds in Germany, and it was often the most popular place in schools.
The playground will be accessible year round, with the acception of the water feature, which will have to be turned off in the winter to avoid the pipes freezing.
The playground should be completed by mid-November, yet Hanson says, “The playground will never be done,” for kids will constantly be adding and changing the area and making the new playground a new place open for exploring.
Kids will visit the playground at different times of the day, with a door added to the outside of the Three Year Old classroom that opens into the area so the class can be outside anytime they want.