Toys are the main learning objects for children. Everyone grows up with toys, even in countries without resources, where if they don't have toys, they are made with whatever material they have available.
The idea of trying the DIY of toys or how to make toys yourself came up the day I discovered the work of Arvind gupta 6 years ago, in a TED talk. This Indian inventor is dedicated to making and designing toys from recycled materials and his legacy is impressive.
At Ikkaro I don't focus exclusively on this theme, but the design of simple toys with homemade, recycled and easily accessible materials is something very attractive and that I want to address in much more depth.
If Arvind says:
The best thing a child can do with his toys is break them
I would add that in addition to breaking them, make them. Let him manufacture them. It is a path to self-learning, motivation and creativity.
I remember when I was little, everything I did with paper, cardboard, sticks, stones and pieces of other toys….
LEGO Boost is a robotics starter kit for kids based on LEGO pieces.. It is compatible with traditional LEGO and Techno, so you can use all your pieces in future assemblies.
This Christmas the Three Wise Men gave my 8-year-old daughter a LEGO® Boost. The truth is that I saw him a little early. I did not want to introduce my daughter to complex issues, but she has been asking for it for a long time and the truth is that the experience has been very good.
It is recommended for children from 7 to 12 years old. If your children are used to playing with LEGO, the assembly will not pose any problem. And you will see that between the indications of the app and some explanations from you, they will immediately learn to use block programming.
Let build a homemade spinning top out of recycled material. In this case we will use old CDs or DVDs that are no longer useful. It is an activity to do with children. Well with our children, or in a workshop at school, summer school, etc.
We can take advantage of the activity for many things, explain what a gyroscope and the functions and utilities that it has or if they are smaller, we can teach them to use the compass, to cut and recycle materials. Is not a type of spinner :) but despite that I was surprised by the marble version for being spinning for more than 1'30 »
The article is separated into two parts that are two ways of construction of the spinning top. In the first and simplest 3 parts are used, the CD / DVD, a marble and a plug. The second is an old build that was based on an Instructables article and is somewhat more complex to make. not much, but less suitable for young children.
The spinners, those toys of the devil that drive all children and lads crazy for a while to this part (and even more crazy the teachers) have also arrived in Ikkaro. They consist of a body, usually made of metal or plastic, attached to a central bearing around which they rotate. This movement, for some reason we like it.
They promise to help ADHD, an improvement in concentration, stress reduction, etc., although there is nothing proven. They have been able to get into the list of the 20 best-selling products on Amazon. The Spinner fever has surprised everyone. They even have a channel on Reddit where we will find much, much interesting information.