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Start with a bunch of flexible saplings that are all about the same
height. Carefully transplant them around the edges of a circle in the
schoolyard. Then, once they have firmly taken root, strip them of
large branches and slowly bend them all inwards. Lash the tops of
the trees together at the
center of the circle so the trees form the
skeleton of a dome.
Wait a few seasons. When the trees grow new branches, gently,
through molding and stem cutting, connect them so that they form
the bars of a cage going across the sides of the dome.
Wait a little bit longer for the trees to grow into each other and
become stronger and thicker.
Then, let the kids climb inside and play!
This way, children can be taught at an early age to be comfortable
with nature. Also, planting trees is good for the environment! If you
use birch, then the jungle gym will be nice and smooth too.
Here's what a jungle gym looks like.
[DrWorm, Nov 23 2009]
(?) Prior art
Ah, tree-bending. Think of the possibilities! [DrWorm, Nov 23 2009]
Living Willow Dome
Quite common in the UK [pocmloc, Nov 23 2009]
Love this site.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Nov 24 2009]
||I was gonna [+] it anyways, but love the link.
||The children will also learn the concept of delayed
gratification. Something that is obsolete now. + (Is
that you in the photo, Dr.?)
||No, that isn't me. I can only wish that I had that chair (and
||Shame about the shoes though...
||Great idea! [+] Actually bakeable.
||Great links! You know, I just realized another upside: perhaps
after swinging from the trees, the children would develop a
fondness for the bananas in the school cafeteria.