Inspires kids and appreciated by parents
About the project
Date: Fall 2019
This project focused on working with the 3 to 5 year old children at Margaret's House, the on campus daycare at RIT. The toy needed to be educational for children at a variety of skill levels.
How can we introduce children to a variety of shapes, textures, and patterns in a fun and interesting way to boost creativity and fine motor skills?
The target audience was to appeal to children age 3 to 5 years old but when designing kids toys, you have to keep who is buying the toy in mind, parents. It is important to appeal to both parents and kids.
After interviewing care specialists from Margaret's House and two mothers, I was able to understand what adults are looking for when purchasing toys. I also researched what children are learning and what they are able to do at that age. Once all this information was considered, I was able to come up with a design that would also appeal to children.
This prototype was tested on children at Margaret's House and proved a success. Children are able to play with all the different aspect of the turtle like designing the shell with the magnet shapes, playing with the family of small turtles, and cleaning up and transporting the turtle by storing the accessories inside the shell.
Researching child development
Creating testable prototypes
Interacting with children testing prototypes