Industrial - Honours
Koa’s Fishing Adventure is a learning development bath toy aimed to increase the quality of learning interactions between parents and their children aged two to three years old. Utilising play as the primary contributor to provide meaningful interactions, Koa specifically targets literacy and numeracy skills with an opportunity to develop socio-emotional skills through play-based interactions like object and water play.
Vigorous primary and secondary research was undertaken to achieve this product outcome. Parents, their daily routines and quality of learning interactions currently integrated into their home were analysed. Alongside skills, teachers identified to be lacking in the formal school setting. This combination of research and key findings led us to the product aim;
Produce a play-based design intervention that encourages quality learning experiences between parents and their children aged two to three years old.
The design process was long and rigorous for this design project, with time taken to refine the design through multiple physical models and extensive user testing. Koa (little yellow octopus), is ergonomically suited to a child aged two to three. Whilst the parent octopus (blue octopus) is ergonomically suited to an adult. These ergonomic considerations do not limit the use; the child and parent can interact with either product during interactions.
The primary users are parents and their children aged two to three years old. What better way to understand this product than to see these users interacting with it first hand.
Koa and their parent are out at the beach for the day to do some fishing. It is a beautiful sunny day, but they are having a bit of trouble trying to catch any fish. Koa is getting a bit frustrated; the fish are so fast that they just keep missing them. Can you help cheer Koa up and catch all the fish?– Koa’s Fishing Adventure Guide
Let your child be spontaneous or even guide the interaction; let their creativity and imagination run wild. The learning opportunities are designed into the product. It is up to you to utilise it in a way that best suits your child.– Koa’s Fishing Adventure Guide
What do you do if there is more than one child or parent who wants to be included? Well, Koa and the parent are each sold individually to act as an add on to the initial starter pact. The users have the opportunity to customise the starter pact to suit their needs. However, it is recommended to stick with the initial pack as this could provide a valuable opportunity to teach your children to share and take turns. Thus, providing them with valuable socio-emotional development.
In the final product, the octopuses would be rotomolded with TPE to reduce any visible parting lines. The fish are to be injection moulded from TPE and the holder is injection moulded from TPU. These materials were chosen as they are also safe for use in children’s products because they do not off-gas or have any nasty chemicals.
The standard pack would ideally be sold for $50. However, a cheaper package for $40 would be sold (not including the holder) to try and make the product more accessible. These would be sold directly through a company website called Koa’s Adventure. Or there is an opportunity to reach out to small children’s businesses to test the product’s retail success.
The core reason Meghan chose to be an Industrial Designer was because she saw an opportunity to take her creative skills and apply them in a way that can make a difference. Designing products that could assist even in the smallest way. She is hard working and driven, putting her all into her design work.