Build something fun and exciting with these new "toy blocks". Form follows your imagination! Made of recycled milk jugs in USA. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on August 31, 2012.
About this project
Brand NEW Rewards For ALL BACKERS !!!
Now you can choose from the 5 VERY creative graphic designs below. You can qualify for computer "wallpaper", frameable prints, full size posters, and T-shirts. Please see reward levels to the right for details.
When and how was DITTOBLOX conceived?
On the same day that we set up our new Wii, my son also built a fort by stacking 300 paper cups (almost using all 300). Before he used all 300 cups, they toppled over. When they did, it was too late in the evening to rebuild the fort, so we cleaned up, and went to sleep.
The next morning, my son chose to play with the cups first, NOT the Wii!
There was something about playing with lots of identical modular building pods that was exciting, and stimulating to him. The catalyst may have been creativity, or the challenge of using ALL of the pieces without having them topple over.
What is clear, is that children are stimulated in a very good way by things that do NOT require a screen, OR batteries, OR things that require a specific set of directions.
As a parent, I think it is frustrating when the play value of a toy limits a childs imagination to assemble something that looks identical to the licensed product that is pictured on the box (sometimes in less than 20 minutes), and then the toy collects dusts, and might not ever be played with again.
So I starting thinking about what shape and material would be fun for kids (and adults too), while keeping in mind efficient manufacturing, and responsible environmental objectives.
Biomimicry is the ability to observe positive things that occur in nature's design, and adapt them to things that benefit product, and material design.
Honey Bees are extremely efficient builders, and honeycomb is a wonderful example of functional geometric design. By dissecting honeycomb into identical modules that each have 7 cells (one in the center surrounded by 6 cells), and manufacturing something to mimic the design, the shape of Ditto Blox was born!
Are DITTOBLOX Patented?
DITTOBLOX are Patent Pending! This will help to make sure that consumers receive consistent, safe, and exciting products from Ditto Blox. The patent covers all different sizes which in the future will include some that are larger, and smaller. Please let us know if you see anything similar, and we will check them out.
Do you use recycled materials?
Yes we do. And not just 10, 20, or 50% either! Ditto Blox are made from 100% recycled material. Ditto Blox are made from recycled milk jugs! How cool is THAT. The empty 1 gallon milk jugs that you put into your recycling bins is washed with hot water, and then turned into something useful. Did you know that most famous building blocks are made from ABS plastic? ABS plastic is made from petroleum, and chemicals (some of the chemicals are toxic).
Is manufacturing based off shore?
No. DITTOBLOX are made right here in the USA. This will keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. We can better control product safety, and not have to ship recycled milk jugs half way around the world, only to have them be processed into toys that will need to be put on a boat for the return journey to the USA. We have received bids from 3 reputable injection molding companies located in Massachusetts, which is the injection molding capital of the USA!
What size are DITTOBLOX?
Approximately 2 and a quarter inches. We may produce Ditto Blox in the future that are larger, and/or smaller. The first size is great because they are not a choking hazard. In homes where an older child plays with them, a younger sibling will still be safe.
How much will they cost?
The first package bundle will include 24 pieces (which offers LOTS of play value) , and the retail price will be $24.99. KICKSTARTER backers will receive up to 24 DITTOBLOX as a BONUS (depending on your reward level). Please check out the rewards listed to the right for details.
What can you build with DITTOBLOX?
LOTS of things. Towers, tables, forts, caves, super heros, aliens, animals, and anything else that you can imagine. Get together with a friend who has a large collection, and build something even bigger and better!
What color groups will be available?
Why would you want to buy DITTOBLOX vs. one of the other toy companies?
We believe that your children will enjoy Ditto Blox more than those "ONE TIME-BUILD IT, and BE DONE WITH IT" toys that are only used ONCE to make the one thing that is pictured on the box.
DITTOBLOX offer Open Ended Play, so that children can use their imagination, and creativity to explore what can be assembled.
Block play is a pre-Algebra benefit to your children as they are having FUN. Yours might be better prepared for math lessons because of the patterns that can be made with Ditto Blox.
DITTOBLOX are more eco friendly than the other guys. We want to make sure to give our children safe toys, AND a healthy planet.
Outdated block shapes have been around since shortly after the stone age. Ditto Blox will take your childs imagination to a new dimension. If you think about it, there is nothing in nature that is shaped like a brick.
What ages are they good for?
OK, so they will especially appeal to 2.5-11 year olds, but watch what happens when adults see them. They will want to build something too! Executives may want to keep them in their office, and the artistic minded might want to display a finished DITTOBLOX creation as a centerpiece, on a mantel, or shelf.
Is it difficult for young children to make them stick together, or pull them apart?
No. They are effectively self adjusting. The stronger the child, the more secure she/he will be able to affix them, and pull them apart.
Why do you not plan to have any step by step instructions?
Colored markers, pencils, and paint brushes do not come with instructions (with the exception of paint/color by numbers). Kids follow their imagination when using them, and THAT is what they will do with DITTOBLOX too! Please share pictures of your creations, and share your discoveries with others who might be interested! We will have a spot on our website, or FaceBook page where we will post some of the best creations.
Will there be different shapes, and characters in the future that will connect with DITTOBLOX?
Sure. We plan to design shapes and characters that you can CUSTOMIZE on line and then download and print on your 3D printer. Don't have a 3D printer yet? You will within the next yr. or two. You can find one today online.
HOW WILL KICKSTARTER FUNDS BE USED?
To purchase high speed injection molds, and for the first production run of DITTOBLOX. They will be manufactured in the USA from recycled milk jugs. There is ample supply of raw materials available, and the company that will be doing the manufacturing has automated machines to help us deliver high quality, safe, and affordable parts.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH to the supportive teachers, learning development experts, toy industry professionals, kids, parents, friends and family who have been so generous with their time and recommendations.
I would also like to thank Garrick B. from senioritis.net for putting together some outstanding graphic design options.
Thanks for supporting this project !!!!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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