Designer Creates Supply Boxes That Double as Toys for Children
Netherlands – There is a growing trend in innovative ways to support efforts to relieve hunger and poverty. The Dutch designer, Lisanne Koning, wished there could be room for children’s toys and games to be sent in relief packages, which can only contain essential food and medicine. From there was born her innovative idea called Project “Inside the Box“.
The insides of the boxes are printed with colorful shapes and game boards which refugee children can assemble and play with. There is a board game which is similar to Candy Land for example, while she has also designed a truck which children can cut out and build into a three-dimensional toy. Koning believes that play is essential for children in disaster-stricken areas as it can help them to cope.
This unique idea is yet to be put into practice, however it could mark the beginning of a trend to help children living in poverty in a broader sense. Inside the Box emphasizes the importance of play in addition to meeting their basic needs such as food and water.