I found some great examples of puzzles being used for more than 500 pieces of a little cardboard falling out of a box and then spending the next 4-10 hours trying to put together. Don't get me wrong... I like those kind of puzzles, but hopefully these examples will help you see that your puzzle design can be whatever you want it to be! Submit your puzzle design here and be entered to win the free toy giveaway!
I stumbled upon this little gem while doing some elf toy research...
These guys are awesome little gnomes that you can print out (download PDF) and make into a bowling toy set. With the closeness in appearance between gnomes and elves it seems like with a little tweaking you could easily make these into Christmas decorations/toys. Fantastic Toys does a lot of great toy/craft stuff. They have some great ornaments and other paper craft toys for the holidays. Check them out here.
Have you seen any cool elf/christmas themed toys out there?
At our house, we are getting ready to carve pumpkins today and I like the idea of preserving our pumpkins for Thanksgiving decorations. I found some cool alternatives to carving your pumpkin so it stays fresh longer. Here is some of the research I did to try and find inspiration: (some of these have carving too, but could easily be done without)Read more...
We had to do another post of existing puppets, because there are just too many amazing puppets out there...
Hope you enjoy! Start thinking about what type of monster puppet you want to make. We post our monster puppet concepts tomorrow.
Puppets have been around for a looooong time, dating back to ancient Asian cultures. They continue to be a big part of many cultures as story tellers and toys.
Here are some of the many different type of toys to help give you some ideas... (list found on PuppetsinMelbourne.au)
Animatronics (robotic puppets)
Kota the Triceratops by Playskool found on KidsTechReview.comBlacklight puppetsCaricature puppets (puppets made to look like real/famous people or yourselves/friends/family)
Costume puppets (puppets you wear)
Found puppets (also known as object manipulation or object theatre)
Glove puppets (aka hand puppets)
Light curtain staging (puppets seen, puppeteers ‘invisible’ )
Marionettes (string puppets)
Mouth puppets (puppets that talk)
Muppet-types (a version of mouth puppets)
Parade puppets (puppets used in parades or outdoors)
People puppetsRod puppetsShadow puppets
another cool shadow puppet video
Shoulder puppetsSock puppetsTable-top puppetry (a version of rod puppets)
Toy theatreWhite light theatre (puppeteers visible)
Ventriloquist puppetsWater puppetry
We probably missed some... share with us the ones that you find!
Cardboard is a fun material for building pretty much anything. Because it is so versatile, toys are not the only thing made using cardboard. Below I have shared 15 of my favorite crazy cool things made with cardboard.
If you find any cool products made form cardboard please post them as a comment. We can use our collection of products as inspiration for the cardboard forts we are going to be designing later this week.
^ Rock-n-Roll Bookshelves by Sergej Gerasimenko on MetaEffecient.com ($195)
^ Room Dividers by Enzo Mari found on Inhabitots.com
^ Modular Room Divider by MIO found on MioCulture.com
^ Shark Car and a Cardboard TV (cool for puppet shows!) by Ben Blanc's Studio found on Inhabitots.com
^ Astro Rocket by Cardboard Safari's found on Etsy.com
^ Office by Paul Coudamy found on Dezeen.com
^ Wallpockets by Ampersand found on ApartmentTherapy.com
^ Baby Feeding Chair by Belkiz Freedwayfound on DesigOfHouse.com
^ CardBike by Phil Bridge
^ Innovative Packaging by Patrick Sung found on aGreenLiving.org
^ Cat Scratching Tower by Moderncat Studios found on Moderncat.Etsy.com
^ Play Washer and Dryer by Forty Two Road found on Etsy.com
^ Cardboard Shelves by RecycleBox found on Etsy.com
^ Not a Box by Antionette Portis found on OnceUponAGoodTime.com. A great book to find more ideas for what a box can become.
One at a time, the Playful Factory takes a toy designed by one of our Little Factory Workers and makes it into a professionally manufactured toy. These toys are available in our Etsy Store to purchase.
Get involved in the design process and your toy could be the next toy we make! Check out our current design project here.
NEXT TOY TO BE MANUFACTURED: DESIGN:The ride-on toy you build yourself... a simple wagon/riding toy base, through a child’s imagination, design and creation of the cardboard sides, becomes a car, truck boat, plane, spaceship or anything movable. TOY NAME: Magic Wagon DESIGNED BY: Mamma Smith
RECENT TOYS in PRODUCTION:
TOY NAME: CHAMP the chomping dinosaur DESIGNED BY: Fire Boy