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This dart game is perfect to play with younger children. The small figures have a touch-and-close fastening on top ‒ and since the target’s sides have 2 motifs, you can learn both numbers and colours.Article number903.853.62
More play in life
With the LUSTIGT collection, we want to inspire more play and fun in life for all ages. There are various games and toys that make it a little easier for both children and adults to find time for play and togetherness in everyday life ─ regardless if it involves concentrating on a puzzle or a high-tempo game throwing touch and close fastening balls at each other. Children from across the world of all ages helped us ─ the real experts when it comes to play and fun.
Can you also remember those magical playtime moments when you were a child, when it felt like time and space just passed by without notice? Maybe you dived into a world of accelerating toy cars or kicked a ball around with friends until the sun went down? Play unites children across the world, and perhaps it’s needed now more than ever, says Amanda Lundqvist, who works at Children's IKEA. "In a time when both children and adults live a rather stressful existence, play involves undemanding moments when nobody needs to prove anything", says Amanda. "That's why we want to encourage more play in life." That was the background of how LUSTIGT came about, a wide-ranging play collection with something for all interests and ways of playing. The collection has puzzles, a weaving loom, a skipping rope with LED lights, boules with soft balls and a lot more to play with at home ─ even if space is limited.
Everyday life becomes a game
There are eight designers in total who worked with LUSTIGT. One of them is Henrik Preutz, who focused on the more physical play and had some great help from his 7 year-old daughter to test his ideas for different games. "Just like all children, she has a lot of imagination and likes to make up her own rules", Henrik says laughing. "That's why I developed the boules game, dart game and other games in a way that allows you to play with them without having to stick to any predetermined rules." Henrik gets a lot of inspiration from his own everyday life with children, and wants to encourage more laughing and playing around at home. The touch and close game with balls is a good example. This game is all about putting on the touch and close fastening vest and quickly dodging the soft balls that your opponent is trying to hit you with. "It's great when you feel your heart pumping and forgetting one's busy everyday life for a moment", says Henrik.
From the perspective of children
At Children's IKEA, no products come by chance ─ we use the help of experts and the latest in research to understand children's development and needs. But we also listen to children themselves. Both children in our vicinity, like Henrik's daughter, and children from different cultures and places across the world. For LUSTIGT we had the help of children and groups in Helsinki and Shanghai who played with all the parts and then gave us honest and important feedback about them. But even if the children's perspective has been the most important factor in our work with LUSTIGT, we hope that the collection also attracts mothers, fathers and other adults to join in on the fun. "Research shows that both children and adults want to spend more time together", says Amanda. "If you can just find those little moments for play in a simple way, then I'm convinced that it makes everyday life so much better."
What is polyester?
Polyester is a durable, quick-drying and insulating material that is optimal to use for textiles and as filling in pillows, quilts and furniture. The material is made from crude oil – a limited resource. Since IKEA doesn’t want to contribute to more virgin oil being used, we are now gradually switching to recycled and traceable polyester from sources like PET bottles. What’s nice is that polyester can be recycled over and over, without changing or losing its great qualities.
"I get a lot of inspiration from my own children and want to encourage more movement, laughter and play with the games in the LUSTIGT series. The Tag game is a good example. Here you can run and chase each other while you try to hit each other’s vest with the balls. And since children like to make up their own rules, I developed the games so they can be played as you like. Who knows, maybe the basket hoop can get both dirty laundry and toys to disappear in no time?"