When Kickstarted launched I thought it was a neat idea, but I didn't expect it would really work. Boy was I wrong. Kickstarter has helped launch products, musicians, films, and all kinds of projects. Every once in a while I like to poke around and check out projects aimed at kids. Here are 5 currently looking to get a kick out of you.
If you're not familiar with how Kickstarter works (where have you been?), it uses a crowd-sourcing model - if enough people back your project, you get the funds. If not, no dice. Backers are usually rewarded with the product you're funding or other rewards. Here are 5 currently looking to get a kick out of you:
Company: Play from Scratch
Days to go: 5
Are inventors born or made? Probably a bit of both. Play from Scratch believes that kids are natural creators and inventors. All they need are the materials. To that end, they sell boxes and tubes and tape and are now launching YOXO (yock-so) - "recycled chipboard connectors that come in Y, O and X shapes." Kids use the connectors to...connect stuff and build whatever their creative brains can think up.
Project: The Stunt Brothers
Company: Brinca Dada
Days to go: 21
I love the concept of The Stunt Brothers: an old fashioned stunt show. The narrative is really appealing to kids, yet the toys themselves are open-ended enough to encourage all kinds of imaginative play. I first came across The Stunt Brothers (in prototype form) at the 2012 Toy Fair and since then, Brinca Dada has been able to bring The Parachutists to market. Now they're looking for backers to help them get Car & Driver and Cannonball produced. Not only are the toys fun, each one comes with a booklet describing a scientific principle and suggestions for experiments kids can do with the toy to put the principle to the test.
Project: Box Play for Kids
Company: Box Play for Kids
Days to go: 12
Your recycling never looked so good. Who hasn't turned to the recycling bin on a rainy day and suggested their kids make something with the contents? Box Play created colorful stickers to put on boxes, tubes, cartons, etc. to nudge kids' creativity along, not to mention up the aesthetic ante. First launched in 2011, Box Play is seeking additional funding to keep going and expand.
Days to go: 17
So what are Hobbyheadz? Plush animals heads which attach to kids' scooters. Sounds a little weird, right? To me too, but I happen to know about 15 young scooter owners and I'd bet they'd all want one of these. Hobbyheadz is a UK company and they have a few heads on the market already. Now they're looking to develop and produce two new ones: a dino and a unicorn.
Days to go: 4
It doesn't look like RampBed is going to get funded, but it's not every day you see a kids' bed like this. Gabe Jasso has been thinking about this idea for over a decade and his passion for skateboarding has manifested itself in this toddler bed. One end has storage drawers with skateboard wheel drawer pulls. Rad.
(Images: as linked above)