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Wooden animal-shaped building blocks made for boys and girls. A simple solution that encourages children to play together.

Stretch Goals

  • $60,000 - Each Animal Stacker gets a limited-edition name tag!
  • $80,000 - ALL sets of Animal Stackers will come with an additional block (9 total in the basic set, 18 in the Noah's Ark set, not including the mystery animal).

The Need

Walk into any toy store and it’s immediately clear where you go to buy toys for boys and toys for girls. There's not a lot a lot of overlap and most toys don't fit both their needs. Parents end up having to buy separate toys for their boys and girls. Unfortunately this divides the children and can lead to a lot of fights over toys.

Anyone with a brother or sister or cousin or family friend can probably tell you about the fights they had with each other. And I can only imagine how it feels to be the parent. That's why I wanted to make a toy that would bridge these gender boundaries and allow children to play together.

The Toy

For ages 3 and up
For ages 3 and up

Animal Stackers is a new kind of building block for boys and girls. Usually, boys like building things and tearing them down while girls enjoy telling a story and role-playing. Animal Stackers is a simple and elegant solution that reaches across genders and ages.

I designed the toys so that they can be stacked together in a variety of ways. Each block comes in the form of a familiar animal and really encourages children to use their imagination. The pieces are colorfully painted to represent a multitude of different animals from insects to land animals to sea creatures; more than enough for everyone to have a favorite!

Because of the collaborative nature of the toys, children are encouraged to work together and play together. The stacking toys teach fine motor control and important concepts such as balance and spatial reasoning. And because of their appeal to boys and girls, parents are no longer required to buy separate toys for their children.

The Rewards

What's your favorite Stacker? Show the world with Animal Stackers decals!
What's your favorite Stacker? Show the world with Animal Stackers decals!
Meet the gang.
Meet the gang.
An elusive species, it is believed only 1000 of them exist in the world.
An elusive species, it is believed only 1000 of them exist in the world.
Your eight Stackers. And a mysterrryyyyyy.
Your eight Stackers. And a mysterrryyyyyy.

In order to make Animal Stackers available for everyone, each set will come with eight unique animals.  Give a shout-out to your favorites in the comments! Backers of the "Mystery Animal" or the "Noah's Ark+" reward level will receive a limited-edition, Kickstarter-only Stacker along with the basic Stackers. 

Award-winning Design

Animal Stackers took Gold in last year's Spark Design Awards in the Spark:Product category (Press Release).

Wood Is Good

I will be manufacturing the blocks from only renewable wood sources. Not only do I want to make Animal Stackers a toy anyone can enjoy, I want to make it a sustainable one, too. The wooden toys are something that you can truly treasure and when the time is right you can share them with the next generation of eager eyes.

Safety

Because this is a children's toy, I will make sure that Animal Stackers are safe for play. The blocks will go through the same rigorous testing that toys retailing in the United States need to pass. The wooden blocks will be an all-natural product and will be painted with only non-toxic paints and dyes.

Kickstarter and You

Animal Stackers started as a senior project in college but I wanted to take it much further than that. So I've spent the last year visiting toy stores to find out what children and parents really wanted in a toy, creating and refining the prototypes, and testing them out with boys and girls throughout the Bay Area. 

I am now ready to take the next step and begin manufacturing. However, in order to make an initial production run, the manufacturers that I have contacted will need a minimum order quantity of 1000 units. With your help I can begin the next phase of production which include:

  • Finalizing the designs and preparing them for production
  • Testing the toys to ensure they are safe before reaching your doorstep
  • Packaging and shipping them to you!

With your help, I really hope we can make a toy that boys and girls can enjoy together.

Special Thanks

Patent Pending

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There is a lot that goes into getting a product ready for manufacturing. The final production versions may be slightly modified in order to better fit the manufacturer's needs. I made the prototypes with these manufacturing processes in mind but there is still a chance some minor changes will need to be made.

Animal Stackers will be produced overseas and as a result, we may run into some unforeseen complications. However I have given myself ample time to account for these delays in order to ship to backers on time. In addition, less tooling is required for a wood product, minimizing the chance for error.

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    A big thank you for your support. Have a wallpaper download if you'd like!

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    DECALS - What's your spirit Animal Stacker? Show the world with an Animal Stackers decal! Various designs available.

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    STACKERS - Sweet and simple, you get your very own set of Animal Stackers. Each set comes with eight unique blocks.

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    MYSTERY ANIMAL - You get a set of Animal Stackers and a decal with the addition of a limited edition, Kickstarter-only block. This mystery animal will NEVER be produced again and will come with its own signed and numbered name tag.

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    NOAH'S ARK - A new, bigger set. This set comes with two of each Animal Stacker for twice the fun! To share or to keep, the choice is yours! Sixteen blocks total.

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    NOAH'S ARK+ - By popular demand, this Noah's Ark Set now comes with the Kickstarter-only mystery animal. Two of every basic animal in addition to the mystery animal for a total of seventeen blocks! Also comes with a decal.

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    NAME A STACKER - You get to name the animal of your choice. This is a children's toy so keep it kid friendly. The name you choose will appear in all sets with the included materials. Of course this comes with a set so you can own the Stacker you named!

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