I spent a fair bit of time when I was young designing my dream home. Plans invariably included an indoor roller skating disco (it was the 1980s!), a movie theatre, an ice cream parlour and a small stage for amateur performances. From memory, my designs did not include a laundry, which demonstrates what was and wasn’t important in my nine-year-old world.
My elaborate designs ground to a halt when my mum mentioned in passing that for practical purposes, rooms had to have a window – suddenly the boxed-in room showcasing my doll collection seemed all wrong. I gave up drawing houses and moved on to drawing my ideal town, which is probably why I wound up studying town planning and design at university, instead of architecture.
Perhaps if I had had the Young Architect Kit I could have worked through my window placement issues. Either way, I know that this clever kit from Hearth Song would have kept me occupied for a very long time.
The Young Architect kit is a ‘niche’ toy and not something that will appeal to all kids, but for those with an interest in drawing, construction and models, it will be the ultimate.
Using different sized room templates, young architects create a floor plan and then build a 3-D model using modular acrylic walls. The kit includes peel and stick windows and doors and furniture shapes to complete the design. The kit can be used over and over again, so once you have finished one house you can move on to a new design. I think it gives kids a fantastic opportunity to see their own drawings and plans come to life.
Also available is the 3-D Home Kit. The concept is the same but the design is constructed out of cardboard and pieces can’t be reused.
The Young Architect Kit is US$63.98 and the 3-D Home Kit is US$34.98. Both are available from Hearth Song who ship to Australia by arrangement.