Introduction: Baby Crawler Stimulator
WARNING!!! The idea behind this toy is that the the baby cant effectively grasp the toy due its size, and since the baby is still learning. the baby keeps chasing the jar all over the place, as each attempt to hold or grasp the jar sends it spiralling in any given direction. Please do not leave a child unattended with this toy. The possibility of the toy leading the child to harm is high. (it can roll down the stairs and the child will follow suit or roll into the electrical wiring of the home entertainment system)
So my little daughter started cognitive movement i.e rolling over at 4 months, at 5 months she started making her first attempts at crawling so to encourage her I built a toy specifically for the purpose of luring her to move.
So basically the toy is made up of an empty plastic jar (empty WHIPPY mayonnaise cream jar) and a simple light chaser circuit.
HINT: AS A YOUNG DAD AM ENTIRELY NEW TO FATHERHOOD SO MY OBSERVATION MAY BE WRONG OR MY CHOICE OF WORDS MAY BE WRONG BUT I KNOW OLDER FOLKS (Dads) READING THIS INSTRUCTABLES CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT I SEE.
the light chaser was actually scrounged off a chrismas hat.
PS: i know there is alot of joy in building simple circuit like this from scratch, but why spend money on electronic components when you can RECYCLE......... but if you must build one, you can consider this simple design.
The reason why i chose this circuit is because this toy is gonna recieve some crazy beating from the baby, tossed about and bumped. so i believe the simpler the better.
THE TOOLS YOU NEED ARE:
- glue gun
THE MATERIALS ARE:
- A chrismas heart
- glue sticks
- An empty jar made of plastics
Step 1: Design Considerations and Preparation
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN DESIGNING
Now the design is quite simple build a toy that will encourage the baby to chase after it. now as much as my baby could here i didnt want to include any form of sounds for this toy because i fear for her ears. so i chose to play with visual effects only. the jar was also selected because of the size since her hands are quite small and can grapple or hold the jar, so it keeps rolling when ever it is touched.
Get your jar, wash and scrape of the label and then set to dry.
Hint: the wrapper more often than none will leave a sticky adhesive residue when peeled off behind. so you can use petrol or thinners to wipe it off the jar using a towel.
Step 2: CONSTRUCTION
Using your glue gun attach the circuit and its components inside the jar and that’s all. The battery and the switch should be close to the mouth of the jar for easy access, while the lights should be glued at alternate points in the jar for effects. I believe that any one trying to replicate this toy must have encountered some difficulty placing the lights. it will help if you have a pair of forceps or tweezers to help you reach inside the jar as you can see me using one.
Step 3: TESTING
HONESTLY IT TURNED OUT FAR BETTER THAN EXPECTED SHE LOVES IT ...................I JUST HOPE THIS TOY WILL STAND THE TEST OF BEATINGS....... NOT EVEN TIME.
sorry for my crappy video .....!
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Recycled Speed Challenge