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Toy project for product designers

Toy project for product designers
Vinh Ta with his prototype.
Tuesday 8th February 2011 by C. Freeman
Year 10 students on the Product Design GCSE course have created a range of toys and are making prototypes to test the feasibility of their plans. They will then undertake materials testing to select the best components and construction methods before producing and packaging their finished toy.

The project centres on toys suitable from birth to seven years so students have come up with an imaginative selection including a toy fort, trains, activity animals, shape sorters and a sweet dispenser.

Teacher Jonathan Browne said: ‘The students drafted their design ideas on paper and are now constructing their cardboard prototypes. We will discuss which are the best jointing methods and materials to use, then they will start making their products.’

Vinh Ta, who has designed a jointed crocodile toy said: ‘ As research I went around some toy shops and got ideas from there.’

Lina Sytchenko used her love of baking to create a set of utensils: ‘This is the sort of activity I liked when I was younger. I am planning to make it out of wood, metal and acrylic, and I am thinking about using some fabric as well.’

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