Moving toys (Automata)

It is some time now that Tania Christoforatou who is a great painter and kids art teacher, mentioned me CLOHE automata.

CLOHE Automata are mechanical moving toys that can be used as a learning tool for primary students to introduce engineering, arts, sculpture, mechanics and science, by combining play and technology.

The mechanical principles behind Automata go back thousands of years from Ancient Greece to Egypt, later used by Leonardo da Vinci and having a great  pick in the 19th century, where in that time we see the automata becoming more of a child’s toy.

This idea is widely used by teachers all over the world and it is amazing what kids can make using their imagination and mechanics.

 

Kids automata

The great thing about automata is that you can use everyday simple craft materials like a cardboard box, wooden sticks, glue or acrylics and make a simple or more complex one.

Working table 1 - Automata Working table - Automata Working table 3 - Automata

 

CLOHE has great site were you can find so many useful information about how a kid can make an automata toy on his/her own or with the help of a parent/teacher.

You can start with a simple construction and  later make a more complex one!!!!

automata box 1      Automata 2

 

Tania in her painting classroom has made an ice-cream eater. It is super fun and you can check out in the kids workshop site “koitazokaivlepo” their other amazing projects.

!!!! Thank you Tania for sharing this great automata concept !!!!

I must admit with all this combination of craft and mechanics I got a little jealous and I made my very own automata box.  So here is a video of my Butterfly automata ->

 

Just my way to say !!!!! HAPPY SPRING !!!!!! 🙂 🙂

 

How about you? Are you ready to start your own moving toy? !!!!

Get your craft materials and give it a try!!! Children will got crazy!!!

 

Be creative,

Georgia -mouhoxLab-

Custom making soft toys from children drawings

Today I will share with you my story about how I come up with the idea making softies from children drawings. In fact this was not my idea….wink

One day my nephew came to me with a sketch of his own and asked me if I could bring it into life by making it a real soft toy! !! !!

I looked at his sketch and I saw this strange colorful Cyclops figure……..eek eek eek

Cyclops drawing

mmmmmmm! !!! !! I love creating monsters but THIS one was something else. I loved everything about it from its head to its toe.

This was a real challenge!!!! lol

The coolest thing about children drawings is that children draw so spontaneously and they create imaginative creatures that are beyond an adults’ mind. You can’t beat them!

So the answer was YESSS! ! ! ! !

And I start working on it……arrow arrow arrow

First here is the HEAD…

Head

then the ARMS…

Arm

the THUNDERBOLT…

Thunderbolt

EYE and BELT…

Eye and belt

the FEET…

Legs

and last the whole figure 🙂

FRONT side…

Cyclops front side

and BACK side…

Cyclops back side

From the moment he took it in his arms, it became his dear friend, his night doll. After all he was the unique and individual designer!!!

kid

Thank you Elia ,my dear nephew, for your wonderful idea ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

If you have a sketch from your kid that you will like to make into a soft doll I will be happy to make it!!

Stay tuned as more special custom softies are coming…

LOVE ,

Georgia  -mouhoxlab-