SkwishThe complex looking structure you see on the left could have been a bigger than life installation in a fancy sculpture garden, but in reality it is only about 15 cm (6″) high and is one of the coolest baby toys around, as far as I’m concerned…
Skwish is based on the structural principle of nature called tensegrity. Tensegrity (tensional integrity) is the exhibited strength that results “when push and pull have a win-win relationship with each other”. Another cool example of tensegrity is the 1968 Needle Tower by Kenneth Snelson, on view in the beautiful sculpture garden of the Kröller Müller museum here in the Netherlands.

Besides the fact that I love the clever design of this toy, nerdy architect as I am, I also strongly believe babies do, as I’ve seen many of them studying the intriguing structural principle of the Skwish as if they had to pass an engineering exam the next morning! Also, the fact that it has all those wires and sticks makes it extremely easy to grasp and hold for even the tiniest babies – from about 4 months onwards, I would say.

Although my 1-year-old has sort of outgrown his skwish, I haven’t, so it continues to take a prominent place in our living room, always ready to be skwish-ed by a certain stress-relief-needing individual…

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xxx Esther


Comments (4)

July 12, 2008

We have two of these…. because we bought one, and then we were given one as a gift! Both my boys loved it when they were babies!
But I had no idea it was this complex and cool!!!

July 13, 2008

My husband bought this for my young daughter while he was on a work trip. She never got into the toy, but my husband and I still think it’s cool. We’re both biologists and enjoy its molecular-resembling structure. Like you, it seems like the parents are more into the toy than the babe. I guess we really bought it for ourselves!!!

July 13, 2008

Actually, both my children loved it as a baby! I think it was they first toy they played with… It’s so easy for them to hold, and interesting to look at! It rattles and you can make it move…

March 15, 2013

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