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Aqua Stack

Children’s Toy

When I was a child, my favourite toy wasn’t necessarily a ‘toy’ by definition. Me, my sandpit, hose and hands, were my choice of toy. I would spend hours trying to create intricate tunnels, absolutely fascinated by the way water could flow down the paths I laid, only to eventually flood the pit and subsequently, my mothers neighbouring garden.

Beginning the project, I chose to redesign this retro toy and reflected on my experience; why I loved it so much, and how a toy embedding the key elements of my experience as a child, could be loved by other children today.

Some of the frustrations with playing in the sandpit were mainly around water, getting it to the sandpit and controlling it. Finding a way to contain and construct water became a starting point for the design. Additionally, finding a way to reuse the same water.

Material choice was dictated by water. Due to the type of chemicals and processes required to make wood waterproof, I looked to plastics, exploring the potential of recycled material. I propose this toy would be injection moulded using Ocean Waste Plastic; creating a story of how a toy made from waste floating in the ocean, can have another life in better waters.

The resulting toy is Aqua Stack. With endless potential for all little builders, the various block sizes can start upside down and stacked without water, forming an understanding of building. When ready, they can flip them over and stack them high, creating beautiful little water falls. Aqua Stack teaches simple physics principles around water pressure and gravity. Through slides, unstructured play can be expanded, and the mounting system enables accessorises like dam walls, sieves and water wheels. Additionally, the dishwasher friendly design makes it easy for parents to clean.

Aqua stack can be used indoors, in the bath, and outside, in the sandpit of course.

Year
2020
University Project
Massey University, Wellington School of Design
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Children’s Toy

Aqua Stack

Children’s Toy

When I was a child, my favourite toy wasn’t necessarily a ‘toy’ by definition. Me, my sandpit, hose and hands, were my choice of toy. I would spend hours trying to create intricate tunnels, absolutely fascinated by the way water could flow down the paths I laid, only to eventually flood the pit and subsequently, my mothers neighbouring garden.

Beginning the project, I chose to redesign this retro toy and reflected on my experience; why I loved it so much, and how a toy embedding the key elements of my experience as a child, could be loved by other children today.

Some of the frustrations with playing in the sandpit were mainly around water, getting it to the sandpit and controlling it. Finding a way to contain and construct water became a starting point for the design. Additionally, finding a way to reuse the same water.

Material choice was dictated by water. Due to the type of chemicals and processes required to make wood waterproof, I looked to plastics, exploring the potential of recycled material. I propose this toy would be injection moulded using Ocean Waste Plastic; creating a story of how a toy made from waste floating in the ocean, can have another life in better waters.

The resulting toy is Aqua Stack. With endless potential for all little builders, the various block sizes can start upside down and stacked without water, forming an understanding of building. When ready, they can flip them over and stack them high, creating beautiful little water falls. Aqua Stack teaches simple physics principles around water pressure and gravity. Through slides, unstructured play can be expanded, and the mounting system enables accessorises like dam walls, sieves and water wheels. Additionally, the dishwasher friendly design makes it easy for parents to clean.

Aqua stack can be used indoors, in the bath, and outside, in the sandpit of course.

Year
2020
University Project
Massey University, Wellington School of Design
No items found.