Yaara Nusboim designs therapy dolls for children struggling with emotional trauma

Israeli designer Yaara Nusboim has developed a series of wooden toys in collaboration with child psychologists, that can help kids process difficult or repressed emotions as part of the therapeutic process. Each of the six Alma dolls corresponds to a different feeling – fear, pain, emptiness, love, anger and safety – and is designed to […]

Imaginary Language is a set of geometric objects that “foster creativity”

Royal College of Art graduate Alessandra Fumagalli Romario explains how her project Imaginary Language gives actors and children tools to help them think more creatively in this video interview shot by Dezeen. Imaginary Language is a set of basic geometric objects that can be combined to create a variety of new forms. Users can then […]

Microsoft and Kano partner on build-your-own PC for children

Kids can now build their own fully functional Windows 10 PC tablet laptop, using this powerful new kit by creative-tech toy company Kano. Made possible through a partnership with Microsoft, the Kano PC can run standard Windows 10 applications as well as a suite of original educational tools — once its user has assembled the […]

Six whimsical midcentury designs featured in Denver’s Serious Play exhibition

An exhibition at the Denver Art Museum showcases over 200 pieces with a playful spirit that were created by US-based industrial and graphic designers in the 1950s and ’60s. Curator Darrin Alfred selects his highlights. The show, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, presents furniture, textiles, posters, toys and other pieces created in the postwar […]

Spot toy by New Deal Design encourages kids to be “in-the-moment”

Gadi Amit’s studio New Deal Design has invented an Artificial intelligence-equipped toy to fight the “distraction economy” by nurturing children’s attention spans. Called Spot, the toy is geared at learning and discovery. It functions primarily as a handheld scanner that kids can point at an object around them — think a flower or a bird […]

Lego launches Braille Bricks for blind and partially sighted children

Lego has created a version of its building bricks printed with letters and numbers from the braille alphabet, so blind and partially sighted children can learn to read as they play. Presented this week at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Paris, the Braille Bricks feature the same number of studs used for individual letters, numbers […]

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