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Life is more than screens and apps.  Build a well-balanced (mostly) analog life for your kids with the TOTALLY AWESOME ACTIVITY KIT.
Life is more than screens and apps. Build a well-balanced (mostly) analog life for your kids with the TOTALLY AWESOME ACTIVITY KIT.
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TAAK stands for 'Totally Awesome Activity Kit'. It's a fun, interactive and collaborative way for kids and parents to plan out their day with AWESOME ANALOG ACTIVITIES! 

TAAK consists of a set of approximately 100 colorful ACTIVITY MAGNETS that will have our favorite user-tested analog activities printed on them. You will also get a quality TAAK double-sided magnetic dry erase board with the TAAK grid schedule printed on both sides.

TAAK is analog in the age of all things digital, training wheels for young minds and most of all, practical and easy to use. 

Organize your kids' soon-to-be productive day on your own or together!
Organize your kids' soon-to-be productive day on your own or together!

 Meet the Makers

As an Interaction Designer, Generation X'er and proud dad, I am fully immersed in the tech world but frankly, I am worried about what all this tech use is doing to our kids. There has been a lot written lately about the subject.  We made a conscious decision early on to limit the use of devices in our home as much as possible. There is scientific proof, the less screen time for young kids, the better.

Did you know that some of the most prominent Silicon Valley tech moguls are very much anti-tech when it comes to their own kids and famously send them to anti-tech schools. What do they know that we don't?

I haven't written the book on raising bright children and can only parent with instinct and my generally happy memories of how things used to be.  I understand that everybody parents differently.  Most of us hopefully want kids who are well-rounded and able to feel real emotions and empathy, to be able to communicate to other humans as they continue to grow up way too fast.  We think TAAK can help your kids become even more awesome than they already are!

With TAAK, your kids can be involved in their own daily planning, making them feel like they have a say in their own lives.
With TAAK, your kids can be involved in their own daily planning, making them feel like they have a say in their own lives.

Watching groups of families trying out my TAAK prototype and happily planning productive things to do together was insightful and affirmed my belief that TAAK can benefit those who want to keep their kids positively occupied and feeling great.  

"I love the colors of the magnets and how I can plan out my day easily" - 8 yr old girl 

Parents can even use TAAK along with their kids.

"I really like how easy it is to use, to bring positive physical activities into the family's day-to-day. I never thought of all of these activities before!" - Mother of 8 yr old, (stay-at-home mom)

 Analog Activities

Just a few of the many awesome analog activities that we love!
Just a few of the many awesome analog activities that we love!
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Below is what we consider the ultimate analog activity that I created for my kids to get their creativity going. I give them an album cover that I love and they draw it. (for more of their #coversofcovers, click HERE).  This will be one of the unique rewards you can read about below in the Rewards section. Perhaps your kids can submit their own #coversofcovers for us to post on our web-site!

We are interested in what fun, goofy, creative, unique TOTALLY AWESOME ANALOG ACTIVITIES YOUR family can come up with.  We want to start a community of TAAKers who will help offer up their own unique activities and experiences to share on our TAAK forum.  So we can all take TAAK to the next level in future versions!  Stay tuned as we devise ways to crowd source ideas and insights!

 and yes, TAAK even allows for... 

Screen time is definitely a part of our lives.  We just encourage less of it and more quality content, whether it be apps, games, video, TV, YouTube. Quality is key!
Screen time is definitely a part of our lives. We just encourage less of it and more quality content, whether it be apps, games, video, TV, YouTube. Quality is key!

There will be blank magnets that work with dry erase markers. Write your kids' names as well as create your own custom activities on them.

The TAAK ADVICE GLOSSARY will tell you everything you need to know about different ways to use TAAK effectively.

 (*TAAK will NOT come with AWESOME KIDS.  You need to supply them.)

Origin Story

For years, our family used a version of TAAK which we will refer to as TAAK 1.0.  I freelanced from home and my kids were unsure what to do throughout the day.  We didn't want them to be dependent on screens. So we made the fateful decision to purchase a simple dry erase board.  With a little ingenuity, discussion and enthusiasm, we started filling up their days with fun productive hourly activities.  As the kids finish one task, they eagerly move on to the next.  We don't use this every day but they often still do use TAAK 1.0 enthusiastically on their own accord, and more often than not, with a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day with very little need for screen time.

"I know my kids shouldn't be on screens so much but sometimes when they're bored, I just don't know what to do with them." - Father of 6 & 8 year olds (pediatrician)

Recently school was cancelled for a week straight due to snow.  It could have sucked BIG TIME but it didn't because of TAAK 1.0
Recently school was cancelled for a week straight due to snow. It could have sucked BIG TIME but it didn't because of TAAK 1.0

Why Do I Need Your Help?

I need your help to fund this project so that I can make TAAK 2.0.  I want everyone to have the same awesome experience I personally continue to have with my family. Even magnets and  dry erase boards have production minimums and die charges with startup fees involved.  The product designer side of me knows that consideration needs to be paid to how customers experience a product, even from the unwrapping.  It means there will be attention to detail paid to the packaging and instructions, all of which requires $$$.  I have some really cool fun rewards, some of which actually involves the help of my precocious analog activity-loving kids.  And here they are...

Rewards

Pledge $10 or more

 If you believe in the mission of TAAK to help kids become even more awesome than they already are by balancing their lives with AWESOME ANALOG ACTIVITIES, feel free to contribute to this reward!

Pledge $34 or more 

We want you to experience TAAK so we are offering an “ECONOMY VERSION’ TAAK 1.5!  

1. TAAK ACTIVITY MAGNETS 1.5 comes with a full set of approximately 100 TAAK Activity magnets in a cinch sack. 1.5 is not as sleek and pretty as 2.0 but it can be just as effective.

2. TAAK ADVICE GLOSSARY (detailed advice sheet containing a plethora of activity advice including how to make your own TAAK schedule with a dry erase board and markers.) as well as a download link to print your own TAAK grid to tape together and affix to a magnetic dry erase board.

 (* Please note this reward DOES NOT come with the complete TAAK 2.0 kit with decal)

(**We will include a digital download of the TAAK Advice Glossary so you and your kids can start balancing activities sooner than later with a dry erase board and markers. This will be emailed by August 2018)

Pledge $64 or more

1. OFFICIAL TAAK 2.0 This is the official TAAK that comes with everything you need.  Just unpack the TAAK double-sided magnetic dry erase board (printed with the TAAK daily schedule) with approximately 100 colorful TAAK activity magnets and you're good to go!  Also comes with a wood eraser and dry erase marker.

2. TAAK ADVICE GLOSSARY

3. THANK YOU NOTE!

4. STICKERS!

(*We will include a digital download of the TAAK Advice Glossary so you and your kids can start balancing activities sooner than later with a dry erase board and markers. This will be emailed by August 2018)

Pledge $84 or more

 

1. FOUR THANK YOU BENEFACTOR DOODLE PORTRAITS (Drawn by myself and my 3 kids) + TAAK 2.0 + TAAK ADVICE GLOSSARY + THANK YOU NOTE + STICKERS! A fun way to show the world how thankful we are to our generous benefactors (as well as provide another cool analog activity for the kids). For this reward, you give us a picture of yourself and we (myself and my 3 kids) doodle it on to 3' x 5" index cards. We will add our favorite doodle portrait of you to the 'Thank You Benefactors Doodle Gallery' on our TAAK web-site (which is in development) and send these original doodles to you as a HUGE THANK YOU for helping make TAAK happen.

2. OFFICIAL TAAK 2.0

3. TAAK ADVICE GLOSSARY

4. THANK YOU NOTE!

5. STICKERS!

(*We will include a digital download of the TAAK Advice Glossary so you and your kids can start balancing activities sooner than later with a dry erase board and markers. This will be emailed by August 2018)

Pledge $254 or more 

This is seriously the coolest reward. 
 

1. #coversofcovers One thing we love in our family is music. I collect a lot of vinyl records and love the lost art of album artwork, the ultimate analog relic. A few years ago I came up with a fun ANALOG activity for my kids to do. I would present to them an album cover of my choice and they would each draw it on a square piece of paper. Often times, while drawing, they would listen to the album. I called it #coversofcovers. The results were so well-received by anyone who saw them that I decided to make this ULTIMATE ANALOG ACTIVITY a cool reward for you. You will submit to us an image of your favorite album cover and my kids will draw it in their unique style and send the originals to you.

See an examples of #coversofcovers on my website: addihou.com/coversofcovers

(As I mentioned earlier, this is OUR idea of fun but we are also interested in what your family can come up with. We want to start a community of TAAKers who will help offer up their own unique activities and experiences to share on our TAAK forum. Maybe TAAK 3.0 will include your suggestions.)

Perhaps you can ask your kids to try drawing #coversofcovers send to our Instagram account @TAAKnology and hashtag #coversofcovers! We can add the best ones to our TAAK site!

2. #coverofcovers BOOKLET softcover booklet printed and bound on quality Recycled Paper & Non-Toxic Ink. We will compile the best #coversofcovers drawings into a neat booklet along with my kids' impressions of the actual music of the album (if we can stream or I own on vinyl!) This will ship in October 2018.

3. OFFICIAL TAAK 2.0

4. FOUR THANK YOU BENEFACTOR DOODLE PORTRAITS

5. TAAK ADVICE GLOSSARY

6. THANK YOU NOTE!

7. STICKERS!

 (*We will include a digital download of the TAAK Advice Glossary so you and your kids can start balancing activities sooner than later with a dry erase board and markers. This will be emailed by August 2018)

C"MON, HOW COOL IS THIS?!?
C"MON, HOW COOL IS THIS?!?

As much as I want a successful product, I also want a TAAK community of kids and parents maximizing their potential, sharing experiences and building towards a bright future. Hopefully you and your kids will enjoy using TAAK as much as my kids loved our humble dry erase board. Balance their lives with TAAK.  Make your life as a busy parent easier and make your kids even more AWESOME than they already are.

With your help, I can make TAAK a reality!

Risks and challenges

I'm a dad in tech concerned about tech and I want to make a product that I feel can help parents and kids out. I also come from a product design background (18+ years in fashion, designing and delivering cool products for the likes of J Crew, Ralph Lauren and American Eagle Outfitters) and have extensive experience releasing successful products but launching my own product, even one seemingly as simple as TAAK, contains a lot of moving parts.

TAAK means a lot to me and I want the best possible experience for you. That means I want the packaging and product to be clean and efficiently executed with consideration put into everything. I am going to try my hardest to make TAAK the best quality it can be.

At the end of the day, I truly believe that TAAK will help families develop the analog habits of their kids at a time when tech devices have taken over all of our lives. I will be as organized and efficient as I can be in getting you this product I care so deeply about.

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    SUPPORT TAAK MISSION OF AWESOMENESS

    If you believe in the mission of TAAK to help kids become even more awesome than they already are by balancing their lives with AWESOME ANALOG ACTIVITIES, feel free to contribute to this reward!

    Includes:
    • A personal THANK YOU NOTE for helping to make TAAK happen.
    • TOTALLY AWESOME high quality TAAK sticker
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    ECONOMY TAAK 1.5

    We want you to experience TAAK so we are offering an “ECONOMY VERSION’!

    TAAK ACTIVITY MAGNETS - full set of approximately 100 TAAK Activity magnets in a cinch sack. (No decal!) It’s not as clean and pretty as 2.0 but it’s effective.

    TAAK ADVICE GLOSSARY - detailed advice sheet containing a plethora of activity advice including how to make your own TAAK schedule with a dry erase board and markers, as well as a download link to print your own TAAK grid to tape together and affix to a magnetic dry erase board.

    (*We will include a digital download of the TAAK Advice Glossary so you and your kids can start balancing activities sooner than later with a dry erase board and markers. This will be emailed by August 2018)

    Includes:
    • Full set of just the TAAK activity magnets. No decal.
    • TAAK GLOSSARY ADVICE PAGE (full color guide to how to use TAAK)
    • DOWNLOAD TAAK DIY ADVICE GLOSSARY (utilize TAAK without the kit)
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    OFFICIAL TAAK 2.0 (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL)

    You get the OFFICIAL TAAK 2.0 for $10 off the normal price of $64! Only a limited amount available
    This is the official TAAK that comes with everything you need. Just unpack the TAAK double-sided magnetic dry erase board (printed with the TAAK daily schedule) with approximately 100 colorful TAAK activity magnets and you're good to go! Also comes with a wood eraser and dry erase marker.

    TAAK ADVICE GLOSSARY

    (*We will include a digital download of the TAAK Advice Glossary so you and your kids can start balancing activities sooner than later with a dry erase board and markers. This will be emailed by August 2018)

    Includes:
    • TAAK 2.0-dry erase board, approx. 100 magnets, eraser, marker)
    • TAAK GLOSSARY ADVICE PAGE (full color guide to how to use TAAK)
    • DOWNLOAD TAAK DIY ADVICE GLOSSARY (utilize TAAK without the kit)
    • A personal THANK YOU NOTE for helping to make TAAK happen.
    • TOTALLY AWESOME high quality TAAK sticker
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    OFFICIAL TAAK 2.0 (FASHIONABLY LATE)

    You get the OFFICIAL TAAK 2.0 for $6 off the normal price of $64! Only a limited amount available
    This is the official TAAK that comes with everything you need. Just unpack the TAAK double-sided magnetic dry erase board (printed with the TAAK daily schedule) with approximately 100 colorful TAAK activity magnets and you're good to go! Also comes with a wood eraser and dry erase marker.

    TAAK ADVICE GLOSSARY

    (*We will include a digital download of the TAAK Advice Glossary so you and your kids can start balancing activities sooner than later with a dry erase board and markers. This will be emailed by August 2018)

    Includes:
    • TAAK 2.0-dry erase board, approx. 100 magnets, eraser, marker)
    • TAAK GLOSSARY ADVICE PAGE (full color guide to how to use TAAK)
    • DOWNLOAD TAAK DIY ADVICE GLOSSARY (utilize TAAK without the kit)
    • A personal THANK YOU NOTE for helping to make TAAK happen.
    • TOTALLY AWESOME high quality TAAK sticker
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 5 backers
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  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $64 or more About $64

    OFFICIAL TAAK 2.0

    OFFICIAL TAAK 2.0 This is the official TAAK that comes with everything you need. Just unpack the TAAK double-sided magnetic dry erase board (printed with the TAAK daily schedule) with approximately 100 colorful TAAK activity magnets and you're good to go! Also comes with a wood eraser and dry erase marker.

    TAAK ADVICE GLOSSARY

    (*We will include a digital download of the TAAK Advice Glossary so you and your kids can start balancing activities sooner than later with a dry erase board and markers. This will be emailed by August 2018)

    Includes:
    • TAAK 2.0-dry erase board, approx. 100 magnets, eraser, marker)
    • TAAK GLOSSARY ADVICE PAGE (full color guide to how to use TAAK)
    • A personal THANK YOU NOTE for helping to make TAAK happen.
    • TOTALLY AWESOME high quality TAAK sticker
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    BENEFACTOR DOODLE PORTRAITS + TAAK 2.0

    FOUR THANK YOU BENEFACTOR DOODLE PORTRAITS (Drawn by myself and my 3 kids) We thought of a fun way to show the world how thankful we are to our generous benefactors (as well as provide another cool analog activity for the kids). For this reward, you give us a picture of yourself and we (myself and my 3 kids) doodle it on to 3' x 5" index cards. We will add our favorite doodle portrait of you to the 'Thank You Benefactors Doodle Gallery' on our TAAK web-site (which is in development) and send these original doodles to you as a HUGE THANK YOU for helping make TAAK happen.

    OFFICIAL TAAK 2.0

    (*We will include a digital download of the TAAK Advice Glossary so you and your kids can start balancing activities sooner than later with a dry erase board and markers. This will be emailed by August 2018)

    Includes:
    • Four 3 x 5" doodle portraits of the benefactor
    • TAAK 2.0-dry erase board, approx. 100 magnets, eraser, marker)
    • TAAK GLOSSARY ADVICE PAGE (full color guide to how to use TAAK)
    • DOWNLOAD TAAK DIY ADVICE GLOSSARY (utilize TAAK without the kit)
    • TOTALLY AWESOME high quality TAAK sticker
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
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    #coversofcovers+booklet+ TAAK 2.0

    #coversofcovers - A few years ago I thought of a fun ANALOG activity for my kids to do. I would present to them an album cover of my choice and they would each draw it on a square piece of paper. Often times, while drawing, they would listen to the album. I called it #coversofcovers. The results were so well-received by anyone who saw them that I decided to make them the ULTIMATE ANALOG ACTIVITY for us. You will submit to us an image of your favorite album cover and my kids will draw it in their unique style.

    See an examples of #coversofcovers on my website: addihou.com/coversofcovers

    This is our idea of fun but we are also interested in what YOUR family can come up with. We want to start a community of TAAKers who will help offer up their own unique activities and experiences to share on our TAAK forum. Perhaps you can ask your kids to try drawing #coversofcovers, send to our Instagram account @TAAKnology and hashtag #coversofcovers We can add the best ones to our TAAK site!

    #coverofcovers BOOKLET softcover booklet printed and bound on Recycled Paper & Non-Toxic Ink. We will compile the best #coversofcovers drawings into a neat booklet along with my kid's impressions of the actual music of the album (if we can stream or I own on vinyl!) I might even write a blurb about the album. This will ship in October.

    OFFICIAL TAAK 2.0

    FOUR THANK YOU BENEFACTOR DOODLE PORTRAITS

    (*We will include a digital download of the TAAK Advice Glossary so you and your kids can start balancing activities sooner than later with a dry erase board and markers. This will be emailed by August 2018)

    Includes:
    • TAAK 2.0-dry erase board, approx. 100 magnets, eraser, marker)
    • 3 full-color 8.5" x 8.5" hand-drawn (by my kids) #coversofcovers
    • Full-color softcover booklet of #coversofcovers drawings
    • Four 3 x 5" doodle portraits of the benefactor
    • TAAK GLOSSARY ADVICE PAGE (full color guide to how to use TAAK)
    • DOWNLOAD TAAK DIY ADVICE GLOSSARY (utilize TAAK without the kit)
    • A personal THANK YOU NOTE for helping to make TAAK happen.
    • TOTALLY AWESOME high quality TAAK sticker
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