When adults and children play together, language-rich interactions can support children’s early brain and language development. The Nook's tiny house look and feel combined with activities and messaging, developed with guidance from the National Head Start Association and Too Small to Fail, can prompt adult-child conversations and support whole-child learning across key developmental domains. They include literacy, math, science, nature, social-emotional development, nutrition and physical activity.
- 20 interactive activities addressing developmentally-appropriate skills: Flower Panel, Flower/Leaf Spinners, Flower Marbles, Balance Rail on Front Fence, Front Step, Doorbell, Fruit Basket Panel, Side Step, Window, Mirror, Numbers Panel, Alphabet Panel, Table with Seats, Shape Sliders, Balance Rail on Back Fence, Rabbit Slider, Climber, Flower/Bee Spinners, Music Notes Panel, Bells
- Compact structure
- Built-in shade
- Choice of one Permalene® color
- Direct bury or surface mount
- Auditory, Proprioception, Tactile, Vestibular, Visual
- Motor Skills
- Agility, Balance, Coordination, Core Body Strength, Endurance, Eye-Hand Coordination, Lower Body Strength, Motor Planning, Upper Body Strength
- Cognitive Skills
- Language and Literacy, Problem Solving, Strategic Thinking
- Social/Emotional Skills
- Cooperation, Imaginative Play, Social Skill Development Learn about Developmental Benefits
- 6 to 23 months
- 817 lbs
- ASTM, CSA, EN
- Max Fall Height: 7" (0,18 m)
- Min Area Required: 19' 2" x 20' 1" (5,84 m x 6,12 m)
All About Color
Color is an important decision, and our products are available in many color options. Contact your consultant to find the colors available for this component.See Color Inspiration
Playground products shown in video may not be appropriate for every age group. Playsystems shown in video are for demonstration purposes only. Product configurations may vary.
Video features the freestanding Smart Play Nook and Loft combo play structures.
[video: screen is white as orange and yellow text appears in the center of the screen reading: Four our youngest players, Smart Play™: Nook, Ages 6 – 23 months.]
[video: scene fades into children playing all around a miniature house shaped play structure. Camera switches to a view of a baby boys back as he crawls up to the structure. He turns his head to look back at something. Scene switches to children sitting in and around the Nook structure as a man kneels and watches the children play. Scene switches to a ground view up at a boy as he stands near the Permalene cut white picket fence with animal and vegetable shapes at the bottom. The boy looks down at the camera quizzically. A man off camera speaks.]
Man: Where’s the bunny?
[video: screen goes white as more orange and yellow text appear in the middle of the screen reading: Sized just right for little crawlers and early walkers.]
[video: A baby boy standing at the outdoor connected Table and Seat while his father sits on the ground on the opposite side of the table. Scene switches to a father as he kneels behind his daughter as she looks over the Flower Marble play panel. Screen goes white as orange and yellow text appear in the middle of the screen reading: Tom Keller Industrial Designer.]
[video: Tom kneels by the Shape Slide table station on the outside of the Nook Structure. He speaks about all the benefits of the play structure for young learning minds.]
Tom: So, we’ve got things like shape recognition and color matching.
Tom voiceover: And we’ve got simple letters that have pictures that go along with the letters to help them learn the alphabet. We’ve got numbers one through ten.
[video: Camera switches to a top down view of two babies playing at the Shape Slider Table. Scene switches to a view of a mother holding her daughter in her lap at the Shape Slide table. The mother points to the table to get her daughter to play. The girl turns and looks at the shapes on the table. Scene switches to a view of the shrub shaped alphabet and number learning panel as children play at the Shape Slide table. Scene switches back to Tom kneeling by the Nook structure.]
Tom: All aid to helping children of that age group learn and have fun with play.
[video: a baby girl as she stands at the Ring-a-Bell panel. She rings the red domed bell with the music note shaped lever. Scene switches to a young baby boy smiling by the Flower Marble panel. Scene switches back to Tom kneeling by the Nook structure.]
Tom: Even though the structure is quite small it’s got twenty different activities and they’re all unique to one another.
Tom voiceover: With the twenty different activities we’ve really got great opportunities for kids to play together for cooperative play for kids to engage with their parents and caregivers.
[video: full view of the Nook play structure where children play at sensory panels, climb up walking ramps, and sit at the outside connected table and seats. A boy kneels to point to the bunny shape at the bottom of the picket fence. Scene switches to a young boy as she shifts and moves the different shapes at the Shape Slider table. A mother points and spins one of the marbles with her finger on the Flower Marble panel. Her son looks up at the panel and smiles, he reaches out his hand to touch the marbles. Camera pulls back for a full side view of the Nook where a woman leans to point something out to her child. Her baby girl walks over to the learning panel that she had pointed at to explore. A young girl walks up to the Shape Slider Table while a father picks up his baby boy by the white picket fence. Screen goes white as dark and light green text appear in the center of the screen reading: Watch your toddler graduate to Smart Play™: Loft, Ages 2 – 5 years.]
[video: full view of the Smart Play Loft as a young girl runs up the structure steps. The Loft structure looks like a Nook house structure on stilts with more advanced climbers and play activities. Camera switches to a view through on of the Loft windows where a boy’s head peaks up and enters the play house structure. A young girl slides down the structure slide. Tom stands at the bottom of the Loft steps speaking about its different activities.]
Tom: It’s got a lot of different activities.
Tome voiceover: It’s got a similar aesthetic to the Nook but it concentrates more on gross motor skills and maybe a higher level of thought and interaction.
[video: side view of the Loft where the is a belted climber and crawl tunnel. A boy tries to climb up onto the top of the crawl tunnel while another boy plays at the shrub shaped Flower Gear panel. Camera switches to a close-up of a boy as he spins a broccoli shape on the outside entrance of the crawl tunnel. Scene switches to a view through the Flower Gear Panel to a girl smiling on the other side. Scene switches to a close-up of the image panel as a child slides their and across the rolling color changing cylinders. Scene switches to a girl as she speaks into an outside flower talk tube. Screen goes white as orange and yellow text appears in the center of the screen reading: John McConkey Play Research Expert.]
[video: Jon stands at a play area with the Nook and Loft play structures behind him as he speaks to the camera.]
John: There’s a growing body of research today that shows-
John voiceover: that while playing together parent-child language rich interactions help to support children’s early brain and literacy development,
[video: a full view of the Nook house play structure as children play and sit around and in the structure. Scene switches to a view of a mother as she plays with her daughter at the Shape Slide table on the outside of the Nook. A father squeezes his shoulders into a doorway on the Nook play house. Scene switches to a side view of a Dad as he peaks through the wall window to his daughter looking through a doorway on the other side of the structure. Scene switches to a father peeking through the skylight window on the Nook roof down to his daughter inside. Scene switches to a full view of the play area where children play at the Nook and Loft play houses. Two girls slide down the Loft slide one after the other. Scene switches to a view of two baby boys sitting on either side of the Nook walking ramp. Camera pans around the inside of the Loft where a group of children crawl in and out of. A young girl standing up speaks to the camera.]
Girl: Yeah, it’s a club house.
[video: Scene switches to a view of children sitting in the lower level clubhouse underneath the Loft.]
Girl: It’s okay. You can go upstairs.
[video: a boy and girl squish their faces to a panel on the floor inside the Loft. The boy sits on the inside seat of the Loft while a girl stands and leans against the wall. The girl pushes her face towards the camera smiling. Scene switches to a baby girl as she stands and plays at a play panel. Scene switches to a close-up of a baby girl as she seats herself at the connected table and sets on the outside of the Nook structure. The camera pulls back from the baby girl sitting at the table. A young girl slides a circle shape at the Shape Slider in front of the baby girl. The young girl grabs the baby’s hand to place it on the shape to encourage her to slide the shape around the table. Screen goes white as orange and yellow text appears in the middle of the screen reading: both available from. The Landscape Structures logo appears in the center of the screen. The Landscape Structures logo is made of a red ribbon undulated above the text Landscape Structures.]
Play System of this Component
We offer the widest range of park and playground equipment to promote healthy lifestyles, encourage skill-building and create unique outdoor experiences. From our playsystems and freestanding playground components to themed designs, site furnishings and more, we’ll help you create a recreation space that welcomes your whole community.
Ages 6 Months to 12 Years
Smart Play® not only provides smart design to help create smart kids, but it’s manufactured with a smart use of materials—focused on getting as many components as possible out of the smallest amount of material. Smart Play structures are preconfigured and designed with just your choice of color. All at a smart price.
Smart Play® BeachComber™
Smart Play® Billows™
Smart Play® Centre – U.S. Patent numbers D832,965, D859,563 and D873,365
Smart Play® Fire Station – U.S. Patent number D859,563
Smart Play® Loft – U.S. Patent number D832,965
Smart Play® Market Cafe – U.S. Patent number D873,365
Smart Play® Nook – U.S. Patent number D832,964
Smart Play® Tree Tops™
Smart Play® Venti® – U.S. Patent number D807,978