About this project
For Mind, Body, and Strength
Now Introducing Little Climber, the Smart Home Playground designed to enhance your children's motor skill development, balance control, creativity, and so much more! Little Climber grows with your little one and is made for children ages 6 months to 3+ years.
The Product Story
My name is David Stuebe. I'm a father, designer, and creator of the Little Climber Experience and a student of the Montessori approach and teachings of Magda Gerber.
One year ago, I was inspired by my children to start a children's furniture company with one goal in mind: To produce intuitive environments for little ones that will benefit them today, tomorrow, and forever.
It's 100% Natural
Once your child starts crawling, they are ready to climb. It's 100% natural and something humans are designed to do, even before we begin walking. Little Climber allows for both of your child's hands and feet to be active at all times, which makes the experience more organic. Children will just know what to do without prior introduction or practice.
Growing with your Little One
Why is a modular playground so important? Every child grows (mind, body, strength) at their own speed but most products are based on the "average child" and for children who want to take their time or those that may move quickly, aren't truly taken into consideration.
Unlike typical children's products made today, Little Climber "actually grows" with your little one and it will support your child's abilities at the exact moment needed, in their stage of development.
ABC NEWS Meets Lily & River
Watch ABC meet Lily and River at our woodworking factory in Phoenix, Arizona.
We've created smart, reversible accessories to maximize course options. Simply flip your Ladder or RockWall around to use a beautifully crafted, smooth Slide on the other side.
Built with Care in the USA
Every detail of Little Climber and its accessories have been refined and perfected for long-term durability, functionality, and aesthetics.
- Natural Bamboo - Extremely strong, sustainable, and naturally beautiful hardwood.
- Poplar Hardwood - Dense, durable, and consistent hardwood.
- Metal Hardware - Durable, aesthetically pleasing, and fully recyclable.
WATCH the Making of Little Climber
Lily and River is nestled within the desert foothills of South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona (USA). We are open Monday through Friday and work daily on creating original, intuitive environments for our children and yours.
Why did we use Kickstarter?
We selected Kickstarter to boost Little Climber into market because it's a trusted site designed for open and honest funding of unique and functional products. We believe their core values and the community platform is natural and parallels splendid with the Little Climber Experience.
The Little Climber Experience
*Play, Read, and Grow. The playtime experience that benefits your little one physically, visually, and mentally.
Step 1 - Play
Transform your room, yard, or nursery into a fully interactive climbing experience with endless course options. Play on a light, simple course or setup an advanced and rigorous climb.
Little Climber is lightweight, folds flat for simple storage, and it's weather resistant. Enjoy climbing under the sun or on rainy days in the comfort of your home.
Step 2 - Read
Watching your little one climb is such a fun and magical time. I wanted to capture that joyful moment in the form of a book that can be read anytime. So, I created the Little Climber board book, to help you and your little one get excited and celebrate the climbing experience.
"Read your book once per day and use a climber while you play. Give it time and you will see, your little baby in a tree." -Little Climber
Step 3 - Grow
Little Climber is a modular product that caters to ages 6 months to 3+ years. As your little one's abilities grow, slowly advance them to the next level of difficulty by raising or moving the accessories (RockWall, Ladder, Slide).
Little Ones Love To Be Challenged
I quickly found out that Lily and River craved challenges. Their bodies yearned for the opportunity to defeat small and large hurdles. Their tiny bones were anxious to grow while their brain was hungry to monitor and record the sensations of the climb.
When your child is climbing, they are experiencing something brand new and their mind is currently overloaded with fresh information and newly discovered options. Speaking to your child in a relaxed, slow and comforting voice is the key to unlocking a communication barrier with your little one.
Parent or Helper Supervision
The relaxed, slow, and steady tone of your voice will help your child focus on balance and body control, building muscle memory and refining their motor skills. Our goal is not to excite or push our children but to comfort and inspire them to find their next move.
Why We Need Your help?
For everyone to enjoy Little Climber, our USA factory needs your help. First, it's incredibly expensive to produce children's furniture at a large scale. Second, the material and hardware used for Little Climber are premium quality and carry a premium cost.
We need your help to purchase material and hardware in bulk so we can begin producing Little Climber at our Lily and River factory in Phoenix, Arizona. By backing, you not only receive a timeless playground for your children but you will also help give jobs to hundreds of talented, local craftsmen.
In the past 5 years, David has used Kickstarter to successfully fund 12 products totaling $435,019 and 4,644 backers. Most importantly, David holds a 92% on-time fulfillment grade and continues to keep a 5-star post project rating on Amazon.
We have spent the past year building out our children's product factory and we feel very confident that our product timeline is accurate and forthcoming to each and every backer. If you have any questions, just drop me a message, I'll be happy to chat! :)
- April 11: Funding Begins
- May 14: Funding Complete
- May 30: Material and Hardware Purchased
- June 1: Streamline Production Setup at Lily and River
- June 4: Begin Producing Little Climber
- June 30: Production Complete
- July 1-31: Little Climber Ship!
Shipping and Delivery Time: Little Climber will be shipping world-wide. To ensure an even quicker delivery time - once our goal has been met, we will begin ordering material and start the production run as noted in our timeline. We promise to all of our Kickstarter friends that the Little Climber will deliver in early July 2017. Please Note: There will be a 1 to 2 week extended delivery times for international shipments.
Risks and challenges
At this point, we've overcome many challenges to create the many Little Climber prototypes. With great pleasure, we can now confidently offer the finished and polished product to you on Kickstarter.
Kickstarter pledges will be fulfilled in the order they were placed so depending on the success of Little Climber, time will be our biggest challenge. Understanding this, we’ve allocated extra time in our schedule to ensure that we can ship in a timely manner.
While we know it’s possible that challenges will occur, but we are fully committed to the Little Climber and we truly appreciate each backer making this retail product a reality for all children to enjoy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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