DESIGNED FOR KID THINKING & TINKERING
Both of us have worked extensively with children, and we were surprised to realize how early the crippling fear of failure begins to show itself. So often we have heard, “I can’t do it,” “I won’t try,” and “I’m not as good as so-in-so.”
Thingamatink was born out of a desire to address this. Toys naturally create a space for imagination and stories speak to the heart. The combination of the two opens a safe place to work through fears.
A nervous young inventor is off to the Invention Convention to showcase her “thingamatink,” a transforming blanket. When disaster strikes and her hard work comes crashing down, she hides under her thingamatink and stumbles upon a doorway to a fantastical world. Here, both danger and delight abound.
As she encounters obstacles, she discovers that the solution may lie in the very thingamatink that let her down. Can she bring herself to invent again, despite her failure?
With poetic text, sweeping color, and a host of playful characters, author-illustrator Kayla Taron explores what it means to take a chance at bravery in the face of everyday failures.
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Kids can play with the thingamatink to design with our character or create their own inventions. It is a blanket that is sturdy enough to hold different shapes with its many zippers and snaps, but is also soft enough for kids to cuddle with.
Target age range: 3-7