46 – Happiness is… a friendly giraffe
Discovery Trail 46 (Tower A, entrance foyer, project insight panel)
Light and sounds toy for 12 to 36-month-olds, developed with the Early Learning Centre and sold across the world
Designed by Ben Alport, the Drop and Pop Giraffe was developed as part of an industrial collaboration between the University and Early Learning Centre. The toy takes shape as a friendly giraffe that plays music when colorful balls are popped into his head. The balls then shoot out of the giraffe’s feet at random, which light up as they emerge. Retrieving the balls is a great exercise for little legs, as is reaching to post them back into the giraffe.
The Drop and Pop Giraffe boosts reasoning skills as children try to guess which colour will pop out next, and from which leg, leading to hours of potential fun. Posting the balls and then being rewarded with the music and lights that occur helps the child to develop skills for later life. As young children learn from everything they do, if their play and explorations bring about fun and success, they will want to learn more. Being rewarded for playing with the Drop and Pop Giraffe while the child is still young will encourage them to become creative, adventurous learners throughout the rest of their lives.
Drop and Pop Giraffe won the Bronze Award at the Prima Baby Awards for Best Toddler Toy Aged 1-3 and was also shortlisted for Best Toy Design for 0-2 years at the Junior Design Awards.