Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Kaleidograph

The other morning while my older kids with busy with various projects, Henry and I sat down together to have some special time together. I brought out a new surprise that I had received from my friend Scott over at Red Hen Toys had sent to us to try out. The kaleidograph is such an ingenious and clever toy, yet so simple. But isn't that how it always works??? In many cases simple is always the best. This set of cards have various shapes cut out of them and when you layer them on top of one another you can create really beautiful designs. Here is a bit more info about the Kaliedograph from the Red Hen Toys website. Henry and I had so much fun experimenting with this truly unique toy and he has already asked me several times to play with it again. 

Red Hen Books & Toys

Kaleidograph Flora paper toy

Crystalline geometries in brilliant color ... the 9 die-cut cards (and 3 solid backers) of the Kaleidograph™ can be arranged in over 350 million designs. Based upon geometry in nature, the Kaleidograph upholds the tradition of the original creative design toys of the Froebel Kindergarten system that are known to have influenced Albert Einstein, Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, Piet Mondrian, and design education at the Bauhaus. Like the floral forms found in nature, the Kaleidograph Flora is based on interconnected circular radial forms which can be assembled and overlaid into hundreds of millions of possible patterns. Richly personal and environmentally friendly, the Kaleidograph Flora is a toy for all ages. It fosters creativity, rewards with surprise, and brings out the designer in everyone.

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