PARENTS'S CHOICE GOLD AWARED WINNER
"Packaged in a cheerfully colored but unassuming cardboard cylinder, the ?starter? and ?standard? sized toyi sets (32, or 64 pieces respectively) contain pairs of feet, hands, wheels, eyes, joints, sticks, and flexible connectors. There are no instructions, only questions: What kind of toy do you want to make? What kinds of materials can you use to make it?
The creators describe the toyi elements as tools for creating toys from everyday items ? discarded or found.
Our evaluation period was during the height of the COVID-19 quarantine, and our testers embraced the recycling bin like a long-lost friend. They took out cardboard toilet paper rolls (preciously gathered during quarantine), plastic water bottles, an egg carton, a few raisin boxes, a spice tin, a milk jug, and a pair of discarded flip flops ? and put all the components in the middle of the playroom floor. There were even a few dog biscuits in the pile.
The creatures and vehicles and contraptions that emerged were filled with whimsy and imagined purpose. Children introduced their inventions to Grandparents via the Facetime, and yes, a few showpieces made cameo appearances on Zoom work calls."
Upcycling through play
We produce nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year. With Toyi, children are creating their own toys by redefining and redesigning everyday objects around them. Toyi helps children become more creative, productive and conscious consumers.
Children's creative skills are inhibited in today's structured schedules. Toyi gives priority to children's needs and supports unstructured play. There are no instructions or rules in Toyi kits. The entire process is left to kids' imagination. With the open-ended play experience Toyi provides, children can make a limitless number of toys using their creativity.
21st-century skills improving through play
In an unpredictable and fast-changing world, enabling children to address the challenges of the future is critical. Toyi improves the 21st-century skills of children such as problem-solving, critical and innovative thinking, communication, adaptation, cooperation, taking initiative.