At week 1 of toy design class, I grouped with Emeri, Elie and EJ and quick prototyped a drawing toy over the weekend. After ruling out a lot of other possibilities of making a drawing toy like miniature catapult loaded with chalk powder or rolling marbles spitting ink, we came back to the idea of using magnets to recreate the “magic” of the invisible. The small drawing table comes with a set of different figurines holding different types of pens/sharpies/markers. Each of the figurines has magnets embedded at the bottom and kids could use the magnetic handles under the hood to move the figurines on the table to leave traces on the paper.
I missed the material class last semester but still I really wanted to play with molds and plastic casting. So I took the chance to teach myself and tried to make a toy giraffe and a small volcano. Lots of failures encountered, I could never completely get rid of the tiny bubbles in the mold. Yet a lot of fun too!