Educational toys can improve a child’s future academic achievements. 3D printing can be a great way to help boost children’s educational experience in an imaginative way. Read on for our exploration of the best 3D printed educational toys for children.
Play with the toys of Einstein
Ever wondered what kind of toys Albert Einstein played with when he was a child? You can recreate the childhood playroom of one of history’s most renowned scientists thanks to a new initiative by The Real Play Coalition, an educational initiative supported by LEGO, IKEA, Unilever and the National Geographic Society. The Real Play Coalition has created blueprints for 3D printing Einstein’s childhood toys. This means that enthusiastic parents can print them in their own homes.
The coalition was founded to help bridge the gap between education and technology, encouraging children to learn through playing. For the Open Einstein project, the group scanned a set of Anker-Steinbaukasten toy building blocks from 1880. This set of blocks was widely popular with children during the 19th century. The blocks themselves were designed to imitate the look of orange-red bricks, blue slate and brown sandstone.
The team scanned the designs of the blocks using the original blocks that Einstein played with as a child. The owner of the original, Seth Kaller, allowed the designers to scan the toys so that they may be used for play.
Many historians note that Einstein loved using the blocks to develop complex buildings and many believe that his play helped inspire the later development of his key theories.
The group hopes that the toys will help support children’s learning, highlighting that standardized studies and testing are not the only way to support young people’s intellectual development and success. The team also felt that today’s children did not extensively embrace creativity when they played and set out to provide a new creative outlet with their project.
Create rockets with your child
Designing, creating and launching a rocket is one of the most fun creative experiences a child can have. The process is also a great way for a child to learn about several important subjects, including algebra, aerodynamics and forces and motion.
It can often be expensive to develop a rocket fit for flight, but 3D printing can help keep costs down. There are a number of projects that allow children to design their own rocket parts and fit them to a customized rocket, developed using a 3D printer and other basic materials. You can find instruction on how to design yours here.
Turn your child’s monster drawing into a toy
Moyupi has created a fun initiative that allows you to bring your child’s drawing to life. The scheme allows you to take your child’s drawing of a monster and turn it into a real action figure, giving your child a totally original toy to play with.
The educational toys are made using a similar material to Lego. They are also designed with safety in mind, with the designers omitting any sharp edge and using non-toxic materials in their creations.
We hope you enjoyed our list of some of our favourite 3D printed educational toys for children. Have any favourites of your own? Let us know!