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I used week 14 and 15 to continue and complete my research,

The role of colours in toys:

Colour psychology is very important when it comes to designing a toy, each colour evokes a particular emotion or feeling. The ranking of colour preference internationally blue and flowed by red, green, violet, orange and yellow.

Red stimulates brain activity and makes one hungry. The colour is bright enough to grab a person’s attention and attract them towards it. However, if overused it can be disturbing; red tends to increase your heart rate.

Green is a very calming and relaxing colour, it tends to soothe your senses as it is associated with nature.

Yellow is a very powerful colour that challenges the eye and is overwhelming. Children love the colour but as the grow up they tend to dislike the colour.

Purple is not a very common colour as it is not so prominent in nature but children tend to like the colour.

Black, brown, and grey very dull colours that are seldom preferred by kids, they tend to lower a child’s IQ. If a child uses excess of these colours it shows depression, fear and defiance.

Black and white as a colour scheme lowers a child’s IQ and dulls learning.

Bold reds and oranges increases a child’s IQ by 12 points by attracting a child’s attention to detail.

The importance of shapes in the development of a child-

Studying and learning shapes help a child understand simple geometry. For young kids, this involves recognizing and naming simple shapes and their attributes. So preschool children learn through shapes and you can reinforce their understanding by using words like “square,” “circle,” “triangle,” “pentagon” and “hexagon.” They understand and differentiate shapes by counting the sides and corners.

The importance of textures in the development of a child-

■Sensory exploration is a child’s way of examining, discovering, categorizing, and making sense of the world, and it’s beneficial to provide them with opportunities for sensory play. Playing with different textures helps a child learn new ways of talking about the world. Sensory play regulates discomfort whatever the discomfort may be.

■Therefore, preschool toys play a huge role in the development of a child and so does the elements colour, shape, material and texture of the toy.

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Our final assignment was to write a 700 word research paper on the topic we chose. The topic i chose was preschool toy and my research question was “How do toys help in the fundamental growth of kids?”

I started by doing research on toys for different age groups and looked at different kinds of toys and how they help in a kids fundamental growth.  


A child’s learning capacity is like a sponge and maximum amounts of psychological development happen during early childhood. Toys play a major part in a child’s life, they are a fundamental part of our growth. Toys are made for different age groups and come in various materials, colors, shapes and sizes. The different kinds of toys are plush, preschool, dolls, action figures, toy vehicles and games. Preschool toys are for kids of age 3-5, they play a huge role in child development because at this age kids tend to learn best.

How do toys help in the fundamental growth of kids?”

Toys provide entertainment while fulfilling an educational role, they help improve the kids creativity and increase the process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience and senses.

Different ways in which toys help:

There are different kinds of toys that help children in different ways, they help kids in the following ways:

  1. Physical dexterity

Toy cars, struck and other toys that encourage the kid to move around and do physical activity help increase readiness and grace in physical activity, skill and ease in using hands, mental skills and quickness.

  1. Creativity

Building blocks and puzzles are for kids of all ages, they help build a child’s use of imagination.

  1. Problem- solving

Critical thinking and problem solving is essential for the growth of children and it prepares them for the future. Matching blocks and puzzles help in improving these skills.


  1. Social skills

Any toy that needs to be played with or used by more than one kid or by a group of kids help in social interaction therefore increasing the child’s social skills.


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We were given two weeks to decide which part of our specialization we were most interested in, each of us had to chose three parts. I felt most interested in toy design, automobile design and accessory design. In specific preschool toys, car interior design and jewelry design. I decided to focus on toy design and under that, preschool toys.

Toys are fundamental part to our growth and our culture. We can learn to make decisions, socialize, and create through play. Under toy design one explores the different kinds of toys- plush, preschool, dolls, action figures, toy vehicles, games, and more. Under the course you will study child psychology and development, marketing, engineering, model making, digital design, computer rendering, packaging, and presentation. The course also includes analog training in conceptual drawing, sculpting, and prototyping, and progress into digital illustration and graphic representation, model making, and rapid prototyping. Since I’ve always loved making junk art and tiny DIY projects, I realised that my interest lies in toy design.

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For this class each of us had to make a mind map on the specialization we were going to chose next year. This was to make us get a better idea of the specialization we were going to chose, so we understand what part we are most interested in. A few of the best mind maps were pinned up and as a class we discussed each specialization in details including the opportunities and various areas under them.


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The session started with a discussion about different authors and each authors unique writing style. We were briefed that in the next couple of weeks, we were going to experiment on creative writing.

The topic jumped to ‘Invisible Cities’, a novel by Italo Calvino published in Italy in 1972. The book describes 55 fictitious cities, all of these cities have female names. After reading a few paragraphs of the book, we started talking about his way of writing. Later, each of us were given one city to read and study. I had to read the city ‘Octavia’.

Octavia- the spider web city or the way I see it- the upside down city. A delicately woven city that is gently hanging between two steep mountains and death, it can break apart any minute. Chains, ropes and catwalks connect the two mountains onto which the whole city is hung, like wet cloth laid out to dry under the sun. The ropes act as a passage and as a support, the city’s life depends on them. Walking on the wooden ties is like walking towards death, one wrong step and you fall into a void of hundreds and hundreds of feet.

The inhabitants life is uncertain but when clouds pass through the city and with a view so spectacular that notion escapes your mind. As the houses, hammocks and trapezes are hung upside down, you learn to defy gravity, as though the concept of gravity never existed. Octavia is an intricate city hung in the sky for the rest of the world to look up to.

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For review week, each group had to club their seminar and studio work into a single presentation. We had two minutes each to present and explain our work. The presentation included our research, photographs and perspectives for studio and a project brief for seminar. We made a short video to capture a day in the rails.

After presenting our work to the class, we got inputs from the faculty as well as our peers. The plus points of our presentation was the amount of information, the video and our mind map. We were asked to improve on categorising our research and our project brief.

The review helped us realise where we were going wrong and we had the next couple of weeks to correct our presentation and work on the project.

‘Journey on the rails’-

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For this session, each group had to write a project brief. A project brief consists of aim, objectives, action plan, methodologies and observations. We sat down as a group and broke down our research and started making our project brief.



To solve the problem of lack of recreational space in the ISDI campus.


  • To study importance of recreational spaces in schools
  • To understand how recreation helps students of design school
  • To look for potential spaces at the ISDI campus which could be converted to recreation centers or just an open area

Action Plan:

We went around the campus looking for potential spaces as well as interviewing faculty and students to learn what they feel about having recreational space in the college.

  • Do you think there is a need of recreational spaces in the campus?
  • When you feel stressed, where do you go to escape from your daily routine?
  • Do you think the ISDI recreational space is sufficient for stress relief?


We listed down the questions we wanted to ask to the students and the faculty. Later, we compiled all the answers to draw a practical conclusion out of it. We made a presentation to represent the same. We then went about the ISDI campus looking for space that holds the potential of being converted to recreational or refreshment spaces to break apart from the mundane. We also studied recreational spaces from different design schools and offices and take inspiration from the same.


After interviewing students and faculty, we got to know that lack of recreational space is a major issue in the ISDI campus. Recreational space is essential for stress relief, socialising, staying mentally and physically healthy. It is essential that a design college has a space where students and faculty can take a break from the daily busy routine and let their minds open to new inspiration. We recognised some places like the fifth floor annex, the closed galleries, the third floor space and the unused parking area which is capable of being converted into a recreational space.

Writing the project brief helped us transform all the information we collected into a short and simple write up. This gave us a better direction and understanding of where we were heading with the assignment; others were able to understand our project with no further explanation.