A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
An estimated 90% of toys are made from oil and gas-based plastic. That's a lot of plastic, which results in high greenhouse gas emissions due to the enormous energy used to extract and refine fossil fuels. At the end of their life, most plastics are dumped in landfills, where they remain for hundreds or thousands of years. Worse yet, every year 4-12 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans, where they are consumed by marine life and eventually, end up on our plates.
It doesn't have to be this way. There's a better way to make toys.
Earthtiles are sustainably-made, wooden magnetic tiles. Kids use them to build anything and everything - rockets, castles, and more.
Earthtiles are made with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood from sustainably managed forests These forests strive to conserve biological diversity, enhance the long-term social and economic well-being of local communities, and efficiently use forest resources. Read more about the FSC and its efforts to protect forests for future generations.
Earthtiles are designed with a clean, simple aesthetic so you don't have to hide themwhen guests come over.
Building blocks are some of the best tools for open-ended play, which encourages cognitive flexibility and creative confidence in young children. With Earthtiles, kids develop spatial thinking skills and even get exposure to the basics of geometry. It's learning in its purest and most effortless form.
Earthtiles stick together no matter which way you orient them. This makes it easy for kids to quickly build up whatever they want, without the frustration of repelling magnetic poles.
Each set comes with enough pieces to build houses, boats, and more.
12 equilateral triangles
Reusable storage box
Early-Bird Discount: You get the lowest price possible on Kickstarter, at a steep discount from our expected retail price.
Kickstarter Backers Come First: You're helping us launch our dream and we really, really appreciate that. You'll receive Earthtiles before anyone else, and your feedback will shape the future of the product.
We Need You: Simply put, we can't manufacture and ship Earthtiles without you! We need your support to make the first batch.
Kickstarter is an all or nothing model. Either we raise 100% of our $25,000 goal or all of it gets returned to the backers.
We're going to use this fund to place a 1,000 unit minimum order with our manufacturing partner. This will cover raw materials, the cost of labor, quality control, and shipping from the factory overseas to your doorstep.
We couldn't have launched this project without the help of our friends and family. Special thanks to the Nunez family (modeling), Steph Monroe (photography), Andrew Rog (photography), Jason Calhoun (videography), the Mader family, Dan Green, Ms. Betty, and Marianne Haaland. We love you guys!
Risks and challenges
Up to this point, we've made Earthtiles by hand with limited manpower and machinery. In getting this campaign together, we searched carefully to find a factory that could help us bring Earthtiles into wider production.
Our partner has been making wooden children's toys in the European market for decades. Their passion for toys, production capabilities and attention to detail are world-class, and we feel very fortunate to be working with them.
It's always possible that unexpected production or shipping problems could force delays. We've been conservative in our delivery dates to account for any issues that could come up.