If you've ever been to Burning Man (which just kickstarted yesterday), you know that taking kids with you is an endeavor not for the faint of heart. Every year, however, scores of families make the trek and, by all accounts, have a heck of a time. Inspired by one of the huge teeter-totters they saw at Burning Man one year, the enterprising folks at Playatech designed and fabricated this smaller portable version for Kids' Camp, Burning Man's family-oriented adjunct.
Playatech is a group dedicated to creating green furnishings designed specifically for the huge temporary community that is built every year in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Here's the story behind the Wee-Saw:
When we were young, we loved see-saws, but we see them no more. It seems they are as bad for kids as climbing trees and jumping in lakes and other scary things kids do with their bodies, so all the kids were told to play TV games instead and shrivel up. We don't like that!
So, we made a see-saw for our kids, and we called it the Wee-Saw because it is smaller than that giant thing at Burning Man. And because we saw a see-saw once a long time ago, but we can hardly remember what it looks like, and we were wee ones then.
In true Burner fashion, however, the Wee-Saw went a bit awry after being put into practice. It worked fine, yes, but it was "accidentally" burned at Burning Man and Playatech hasn't gotten around to posting the plans or building another one. But if you check out their website and look at the photos of the unassembled bits, you could always reverse engineer your own version. In fact, Playatech invites you to do so:
Maybe now that you've seen a Wee-Saw, you can make a better see-saw. Maybe even with less hardware. Go on, we dare you.