Project 1: Toy concepts

Project 1

Paper Sketches, due Thursday 1/25
Fast concept presentation, due in class Tuesday 1/30
Web Pages, due Thursday 2/1

Part 1: Sketches

Your first project is to generate conceptual designs for three toys. Each toy should be based on a fundamental physical concept. Examples of existing toys like this would be slinkys, rockets with baking soda/vinegar fuel, and tinker toys. Your toys can all use the same physical principle or they can each be based on a different one. Your toys to not have to be original inventions; they can be variations on existing toys. Your toys should

  • attract a child’s attention,
  • be interactive and fun,
  • be self explanatory,
  • be durable and safe,
  • ideally allow for cooperative play with groups of children, and
  • ideally engage several of a child’s senses.

Bring your three hand sketches (not computer-generated drawings) to class on Thursday with a description of how the toy works and an explanation of how/what a child would learn by playing with it.

Part 2: Presentation

Next Tuesday, you should be ready to present one of your sketches in class. We will use a document camera to project the sketches, so you just need to have your sketch on a flat surface.

Your presentation should cover:

  • What is the physical principle underlying the toy?
  • What age group is the toy designed for?
  • How does the toy work/how does the child(ren) play with the toy?
  • Where did the idea for your toy come from?

Your presentation should take only a minute or two so everyone can present within one class period.

Part 3: Web pages

For each toy concept, create a WordPress document that includes the following information:

  • the principle your toy is based on,
  • a sketch of the toy (the idea should be clear, but the drawing doesn’t have to be art),
  • a description of how the child (or children) will interact with the toy, and
  • a brief discussion of construction materials, durability and safety.

I will give you information during the lab on Thursday about how to put your web pages into the class web site.