Cubiciti is a cityscape wooden building block toy that allows a child to construct a variety of imaginary cities.
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What is Cubiciti?
Cubiciti is an educational toy that allows a child to construct a cityscape using patent-pending modular blocks. The building blocks offer a variety of shapes, colors and patterns that inspire children to create streets, parks, houses, and other buildings and bring their city to life. Cubiciti encourages children to imagine ideal cities or emulate places they are familiar with as they create and re-create landscapes by snapping blocks into the grid of holes on the tray base. The blocks can be rotated to allow for four different alignments to accommodate surrounding block features. Once built, the city becomes a functional play area for the cars provided with the blocks. Cubiciti can grow with children by connecting more bases together to make larger and larger cities.
How It Began
Our inspiration came from our son. He loves cars and is always looking for new settings and environments in which to play with them. His active imagination has inspired us to create a one-of-a-kind, modular, and educational media for orchestrating his car adventures. We call it Cubiciti. The first Cubiciti was created for our son, and he enjoyed it so much that we want to share it with other children as well as the young at heart.
Cubiciti was created as a tangible toy that challenges the imagination and creativity of every child with straightforward and uncomplicated shapes. Cubiciti enhances a child’s development by providing a means to explore spatial skills, organization, and planning in a fun and colorful way. This imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development.
A few of the learning benefits include:
- Promotes creativity by encouraging children to dream up new cityscapes using the different colored and shaped blocks and by using their imaginations to make their new city come alive.
- Enhances fine motor skills through the handling, assembly, and construction of the cityscape as well as through maneuvering cars around the city streets.
- Develops spatial skills by rotating and assembling parts and snapping the blocks to the base
- Encourage problem solving by challenging the child to plan out city features and organize the blocks to create roads and pathways that allow access to structures.
- Tunes visual processing skills through the use of different shapes, colors, textures, and part-to-whole relationships.
- Develops Encourage imaginative play by using the provided cars on the children’s dream city.
Imagine the possibility
Currently Cubiciti is a basic platform for creating imaginative cityscapes. The possibilities for expansion are limited only by imagination and might include different shapes, colors, and structures such as bridges, towers, etc. The basic platform could also be expanded by making a water theme with features like beaches, lakes, canals, etc.
How It’s Made
Each wooden block has a 1”x1” solid square base with various features crafted on top. The standard edition will be made from birch, and a limited edition set will be walnut. The blocks are large enough to be easily grasped by small children, making them fun to handle and play with for children of all ages. The blocks are painted using a non-toxic, water-based paint and clear sealant.
Where the Funds Will Go
Kickstarter funds, after Kickstarter and Amazon fee, will be used for injection mold tooling ($40K for 5 tools) for the initial manufacturing of the Cubiciti parts ($10K for plastic parts). The rest of the funds ($2K) along with my personal investment will be used toward setup fees and the purchase of wood materials.
What Will You Get
Domestic shipping costs are included if you reside within the Continental United States. Canadian residents, please add $5 to your pledge. If you are located overseas, please add $15 to your pledge to cover additional fees. Please email me if you have any questions about the shipping.
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If you need more information, please visit us at www.cubiciti.com.
Cubiciti is designed for age 4 and up. It's not for children under 3 years old due to small parts and choking hazard.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 27, 2012.
Apr 17, 2012 - May 27, 2012 (40 days)
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THANK YOU! A thank you block and recognition on Cubiciti websiteEstimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $38 or more
BEGINNER SET. 1 set of Cubiciti of your choice (Model01, Model02, Model03 or Model04) and recognition on Cubiciti website (Suggested Retail $50)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $68 or more
INTERMEDIATE SET. 2 sets of Cubiciti of your choice (Model01, Model02, Model03 or Model04) and recognition on Cubiciti website (Suggested Retail $50 each set)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $128 or more
ADVANCE SET. 4 sets of Cubiciti Model01, Model02, Model03 and Model04, recognition on Cubiciti website (Suggested Retail $50 each set)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $288 or more
LIMITED SET. 4 sets of signed and numbered Cubiciti Limited01, Limited 02, Limited 03 and Limited 04, permanent recognition on Cubiciti websiteEstimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $588 or more
RETAILER PACK. 4 sets of signed and numbered Limited01-04 plus 10 sets of Cubiciti Model01 and Model02, permanent recognition on Cubiciti websiteEstimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $1,188 or more
WHOLESALER PACK. 8 sets of signed and numbered Limited01-04 (2 sets each) plus 20 sets of Cubiciti Model01-04, permanent recognition on Cubiciti websiteEstimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $1,888 or more
DISTRIBUTOR PACK. 8 sets of signed and numbered Limited01-04 (2 sets each) plus 40 sets of Cubiciti Model01-04, top permanent recognition on Cubiciti website, plus dinner on me when you come to Orlando, FLEstimated delivery: Aug 2012