There’s a real thrill to discovering unique design before the rest of the crowd – particularly when it’s design that will compliment a contemporary home interior and keep your kids entertained! Here we look at 7 unique Kickstarter play projects that do just that – because you don’t have to put up with plastic tat in your toyboxes.
Let’s start with a campaign with just days to go (let’s hope they’ve reached their goal if you’re reading this too late!). TRIDO is the ultimate magnetic construction toy based on the geometry of Platonic solids – and it’s stunning. Available in small, medium, and large sets; the only limitations to the constructions you create are your imagination. Make geometric creatures or sculpt a modern and adaptable desktop structure - the choice is yours.
There’s a lot of clever mathematics behind this toy design; optimised for play, you can expect hours of fun with endless construction opportunities.
If you like the interchangeable nature of TRIDO, you’ll like the possibilities of Huzi’s Mixed Animal plush toys, which were successfully funded in July 2014. Huzi’s unique design brings a completely fresh take on the stuffed animal, with the creature you choose to cuddle being open to interpretation. Using lovingly handmade soft shapes and concealed magnetic, Mixed Animals can be adapted by your child to build a huggable bear, dinosaur, rabbit, dragon… or half-breed! Available in gender-neutral shades and suitable for ages 3+.
Cubetto - Coding For Little Ages 3+
The real crowdfunding and creative play junkies amongst you will have no doubt heard of Cubetto. And while it may need little introduction for many, we couldn’t not include it on our list! Cubetto is pure toy design genius. Rightly so, it came to be the most crowd-funded educational invention yet – raising $1.59 million dollars.
Montessori approved, and LOGO Turtle inspired. Young children can now learn programming away from a computer screen. The basic principle of Cubetto: help this wooden robot find his way home by writing programs using a set of colourful coding blocks. Simple, yet so much fun!
We love thoroughly modern toys which exude a timeless quality, and MyFamilyBuilders fit the bill exactly. Playful meets politically correct with this adaptable family building block set; create families from a range of different genders and ethnicities. As the designers put it: the world is evolving and toys should evolve with it. Now children can create representations of their family whether they have a single parent, mixed race, or same sex formation. With one set it is possible to create over 2,000 family combinations!
Alongside the lack of limitation, we adore the warm illustrative style and the simple magnetic element to keep these wooden delights together. MyFamilyBuilders was successfully funded in September 2015. Find out more and buy yourself a set now.
Forget plastic, HULKI embraces the eco-friendly (and far more stylish) with their cardboard creatures designed for playing in! These incredible half-sculpture half-den designs are so much fun – it’s no wonder they were successfully backed last year. We’ll take a turtle!
Magnetic tiles seem to be all the rage for creative play, but Earthtiles provide a new take with their elegant, wooden option. These hands-on, eco-friendly toys are made from sustainably harvested wood from forests which enhance the long-term social and economic well-being of local communities, and efficiently use forest resources. They can be used to make anything from houses to rockets!
At time of writing (April 2017), Earthtiles have 21 days left to get funded.
Well of course, we had to pop our own play beauties in the list! If you’re a fan of hands-on, baby-led play, you’ll love our unique wooden busy boards designed to keep little minds (and fingers) stimulated.
Love the concept? Head over to our Kickstarter campaign and get your pre-orders in now! Our campaign is less ‘crowdfunding’ and more ‘pre-sales’ meaning you can support our future AND grab yourself one of the first MURO boards made. We plan to get backers MUROs out in September & October – so that’s Christmas presents sorted well in advance!
Like what you see but don’t have need for a MURO yourself yet? Please, please show us your support anyway! All pledges are HUGELY appreciated – however little. MURO can only become a reality with your help.