|Forum topic by toyinventor||posted 11-07-2012 10:01 AM||1255 views||1 time favorited||4 replies|
11-07-2012 10:01 AM
For the past 3 years I’ve been doing library and school programs building action toys with kids of all ages. The projects are from my book Zany Wooden Toys that Whiz, Spin, Pop, and Fly. I haven’t met a kid yet whose face didn’t light up when they saw tables with wood pieces, real tools (hammers and screw drivers), sand paper, and rubber bands. Often after an event a parent will ask me if I sell kits for the toys. The answer is “no” so I just hand them one of the extras. It dawned on me that they always asked for kits because what they really want to share is the building, the discovering, and the beaming pride of accomplishment that comes from building your own toy. So why not make kits instead of finished toys?
I’ve launched a Kickstarter.com project aimed at funding some kits, but would like anyone’s advice on legal issues, manufacturing challenges, or marketing ideas.
-- Keep on inventing