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The Problem.

This period the students were asked to individually make a wooden toy for children aged 2 till 4. The toy should make a curtain move after the kid moved (a part of) the toy. For example, when the kid pushed a button on the toy, the toy would drive away. The final product didn’t have to be made from wood, only the body of the presentation model should be wood.

The Process.

The focus of this project was to search for a design that would admire the parents to buy the toy and to learn a bit of the many cool things you could do with some simple materials. Turning one move into an other movement wasn’t even a big issue, finding a move that would fit a wooden toy for young kids was a lot harder. After going to a wooden toy shop and a lot of searching on the internet a simple push and pull move was chosen, that would fit the normal behavior of a kid the best.

The Result.

The final toy was a 10 centimeter high and 6 centimeter width, rounded object with 2 wheels. A relatively big weight on the bottom would hold the top on it’s place. The body of the toy was build up from 3 wooden layers formed width a -figuurzaag-, -schuurmachine- and -frees machine-. The two wheels were connected with a axis trough the body. An elastic wire connected with the axis and the body created the pull-back ‘engine’. This pull-back system and the balancing of the body gave it the reacting movement that was requested.