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The Extraordinaires® Design Studio - Deluxe

The Extraordinaires® Design Studio - Deluxe

Fall 2014 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: The Creativity Hub
Price: $39.99

The Extraordinaires Design Studio Deluxe is a must have toy/game to encourage and build using creative and problem solving skills. Playing alone or collaborating with others, the Deluxe Design studio offers more than 200 design challenges across three levels of play. Observe, think, question, design. Present, discuss and tweak. The enormously creative yet exacting process is precisely how professional product designers approach each challenge.

As the packaging states, "from extraordinary needs comes extraordinary creativity." What kind of toy would the giant play with? What does a robot use to listen to music? The illustrated character cards reveal something about each Extraordinaire and the object cards dictates what he/she wants. The think cards pose questions and help guide and focus the object's design. The presentation phase will decide what's a winner and what needs work. Back to the drawing board is not a failure, it's a way to rethink and improve. And that's a lesson for all of us.

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