The Imagination Playground is an ideal tool for constructing inhabitable spaces since the separate blocks are fairly large, yet very light and stand up to rough use easily. There are no connecting pieces or snaps to break, so the surfaces are flat and smooth. This lack of special fastening allows faster builds and easier understanding for all ages. There are a number of different shapes from simple rectangles to curves and discs, including some pieces that include a raceway for a small ball. The entire arrangement allows for simple shape and size recognition, three-dimensional construction and assembly, coarse and fine motor skill development, all the way to large-scale conceptualization and design. The size of the pieces and the resulting construct naturally encourages teamwork between groups of children, and the soft surfaces, lack of sharp edges, and light weight dramatically reduces injury.
There are two sponsored kits. Each kit is identical and contains a large canvas bin on steerable wheels that holds all the pieces of each kit. The pieces include large solid rectangles measuring 2 ft x 1 ft x ½ ft, which are the largest single pieces. In addition, there are smaller squares, “X” shapes, solid discs, perforated discs, curves with raceways, ½ ft rods, a series of much narrower tubes, and several hard plastic balls for the raceways.
The pieces are made of firm foam, making them very lightweight. They are covered in a soft outer blue foam, bonded to the inner foam, which makes the pieces slightly spongy to reduce impact injury, and to provide an extremely resilient outer surface. The pieces themselves can be cleaned with simple soap and water.
Caters from 4 – 14