The Build a Butterfly Fingerpuppet project started out
as a community workshop aimed at under 5s. It was bright, colourful and
well engineered; and it was a hit with all ages up to and including the
parents - some of whom weren't content with just helping their little
ones, but even wanted to make their own butterflies.
It was put together for stART, an Artsites project, and
has been reinvoked for a weekend workshops during Gallery37 and
elsewhere. It still has plenty of mileage, and anyone interested should
contact me on the e-mail link.
On my DTP course at Matthew Boulton I used
my Illustrator project to convert the Fingerpuppet into an arty
construction kit toy, designing the packaging, the instruction sheet
and order form.
The packaging was designed so that all the bits and bobs
fitted in it, and the toy was designed to leave as much creative input
as possible for the end-user with the suggestion that older kids and
parents might want to help younger ones. There may be some
re-engineering required to realise it as a working toy, but I believe
it has the potential to be a winner.