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Playful Factory: Wooden Pull-Along Toy Concepts
This is my favorite part of the design process! We now get to share our new toy ideas with each other.
In whatever form you can, submit your ideas as a comment to this post. Draw a sketch, make a prototype (clay, playdough, paper, etc...), or do anything else that helps others know what your new toy idea is.
Guidelines for Sharing Your Designs
- Give your toy a name (get creative).
- Include a brief description about your toy (special features, etc...).
Include the age of the designer.
- Include the name of the designer (it could be fun to make up a "designer" name, kind of like a pen name for a writter).
- Attach a JPEG image to your comment.
If you need help sketching your ideas here is a free program that makes it easier... Aviary
. I prefer their vector editor, but their image editor is also very good. To save they require you login, but I usually just take a screen shot.
You can also just sketch your idea on paper and scan it in... or take a picture of it.
If you have any problems posting, just email me and I can help with file formats or whatever else you might need: collin[at]playfulfactory[dot]com
From the submitted designs, I will choose one to make into a real toy. I also will provide a tutorial on how to make your own version of that toy at home. Playful Factory will randomly select one kid from those that participated to win a free toy! Good luck!
Here are a few of my ideas:
Using similar technology as a music box, have the toy make music play as you pull the toy along. The faster you go, the faster the song plays. This could be fun to make multiple modular pieces that you can combine and make different songs with.
A family of elephants tied together by their trunks and tails. This toy is fun to pull around and when you get tired you can site and practice your knots... Helps develop the skill to tie shoes.
Putt Putt Pull-Along
This is a two person toy. One person pull the train of cars along while the other putts the ball through the trains. Each train is a different size and the putter will get more points for making it through the smaller train. Keep score and see who can score the most in 5 putts.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with!!!