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To develop a creative toy product that acts as construction game and is adaptable in complexity to different ages of children. This would also allow it to be cost effective since one game could last for several years. The product would maximise its o

To develop a creative toy product that acts as construction game and is adaptable in complexity to different ages of children. This would also allow it to be cost effective since one game could last for several years. The product would maximise its o

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Marzia commented on Story Stones (updated Jan 15)

I really like the product , i think it is an easy way to stimulate children and involve parents!! Regarding the symbols, i guess that depending on the country they should be adapted to fit their storytelling, but it seems to don't be very difficult nor expensive to produce new stones right?

Very inspiring! Thanks :)

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Marzia commented on TRI-O : Create, build and learn

The idea is to try to work with recycled wood, or composites of recycled wood and paper. For developing countries this would be a MUST to keep in mind the sustainability. It is possible that we might need to adapt pieces's shapes to technical contraints of those materials, but this wouldn't change the aim of the product. One thing that we would want to explore would be how local communities could produce their own toys - we would ideally like to work with craft communities which are rich in developing countries - traditional techniques can be adapted to modern designs. In the best scenario they could even sell some of these toys to organizations to generate income for themselves.

Therefore, regarding that we have thought first to implement the product in public centers for children, in developing countries we would need to find similar public structures to implement the product - most likely this would be through development organizations working with the target audience. One idea might be at schools or kindergarden. This is a very important step, as it enables us to have feedback from users and adapt&improve the product to their needs.

As the fieldwork is initially being conducted in Paris, I think that some extra fieldwork in the developing country itself will be essential, and the collaboration with experts, so we can fit better those unique needs of developing countries. This will be quite possible as we have a diverse team and some have worked in the developing areas before and could offer some insight.

The goal is that it is a universally transferrable product - age/area/ parent-children relationship.

I would love to have to opportunity to implement the product in developing areas and keep discussing about how it would work the best.

Hope to hear from you,

Marzia

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Marzia commented on TRI-O : Create, build and learn

Thank you Emmanuel!! :)

It will be held indoors, it is thought for home and children centers (schools, cultural centers etc)

Regarding the materials, we haven't defined them yet, but we have thought about recycled wood, or a composite of wood and paper (but we need to see if it is technically possible on the production of the pieces).

Choosing the most appropriate material is the next step and is a complicated mixture of : optimizing production and material costs, suiting the children-toys regulations and ensuring is strong and durable enough.