You want us to do WHAT??!
When we tell the kids that the first step is “please break these toys” we get bewildered looks just before the excitement and enthusiasm creeps in. In this program we deconstruct salvaged toys — even working ones — and upcycle them into something new and awesome. There is no goal, no specific problem to solve and no design restriction — just an exploration of tools and materials. As our most free-form program the kids learn a wide variety of things and almost never the same thing twice. We work with scissors, screw drivers, hand saws, cordless drills and hot glue to invent the next best-selling toy.
Ontario Curriculum Intersections:
This program can be adapted to emphasize or demonstrate learning objectives in the following broad categories:
Sculpture, mixed media and general creativity
Properties of different materials including glue, wood, plastic & fabric
Science & Engineering
Creating strong mechanical joints
Disassembly and tool use
Discovering internal structures like axles, hinges, buttons and gears
Recycling materials into new objects
Repairing existing objects instead of re-purchasing
Variations in the materials used to build things for posterity
Language: Discussion and story telling relating to creations
* $199/group for birthdays (up to 15 kids), $250/class (up to 25 kids). Additional kids can be added to either package. Discounts for multiple groups/day.