3Doodler Announces 3D Build & Play for Preschoolers
3D printing products maker 3Doodler has announced its newest innovation designed to tap into the imaginations and creativity of the youngest artists: 3D Build & Play – appropriate for preschoolers and kindergartners as young as four years old.
Priced affordably at $29.99, this tactile learning toy is aimed at introducing 3D printing technology to that age group in ways that the company says in its announcement promote hands-on learning, three-dimensional thinking, fine-motor-skills development and cognitive development. Its public debut will take place at the New York City-held Toy Fair Feb. 22-25 at the Javits Center, where it will be available for demo opportunities.
From the makers of the 3Doodler Start (for ages six and above) and 3Doodler Create+ (for ages 14 and above), 3D Build & Play allows parents and kids to create 3D projects in seconds by using 3D jungle character molds with specially written, read-along-and-play stories designed for parent-child play time. Once their first project is complete, children are then encouraged to tap into their imaginations and continue using Build & Play with self-directed creativity.
The creativity tool included in the kit is specially designed to be easy to hold and use by young hands, says the company, and is adjustable for either left- or right-handed users.
Safety was a priority in developing Build & Play, explains 3Doodler. It uses low heat (110 degrees Fahrenheit) along with BPA-Free and non-toxic, biodegradable plastic.
The product is now available for preorder at www.3DBuildandPlay.com, with delivery expected during the second quarter of 2020. Major retailers including Amazon are also expected to carry the product around this time, says the company.
“3D Build & Play brings the creative fun of our Start pen without the learning curve for the youngest users,” noted 3Doodler CEO Daniel Cowen in the announcement statement. “The system we have developed, that lets kids crank and create in 3D, is a major benefit for parents looking to improve their children's basic motor skills…”
3Doodler in Classrooms
In line with its educational mandate, the company has also established a foothold in schools with its 3Doodler EDU Learning Packs ($349-$1,199). In the seven years since 3Doodler’s founding, its products have been used in more than 10,000 classrooms and by more than half a million students worldwide, it says.
Available for both the Start and Create+ Pens, each Learning Pack comes with six or 12 pens per pack, as well as teaching materials, lesson plans, and enough filament to last for an entire academic year, 3Doodler says.
3Doodler notes that case studies have shown EDU Learning Packs to level the playing field between male and female students, especially in STEM subjects, as well as opening up opportunities for special needs students and improving concentration among students with ADHD.
Said 3Doodler’s Head of EDU Relationships - North America, Scott Isenga: “In 2019 alone, more than 700 teachers took to social media to share with us how our products impacted their classrooms. We expect that to double this year.”