Thingamatink in the news

Oakland Magazine: The Giving Season

December 2017



Disney ABC Press

The Toy Box, Episode 202

Airdate 10/1/17


Press Release: This week’s toy inventions include...

Thingamatink – an origami-inspired blanket that can be folded into a boat
Inventor: Erin and Kayla from Oakland, California

In each episode, passionate inventors who have poured their hearts and souls into their product present their toy concepts to a panel of the toughest judges in the industry – kids! The judges have the opportunity to play with the toy, give their feedback and determine who will move on to the next round. The winner from each episode will move on to the finale to compete for the grand prize: their toy will be made by Mattel, sold exclusively at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide and, joining last season’s winner, ArtSplash, will receive and a cash prize of $100,000.


See full article here.


MAKE: Magazine

This Week in Making: Teach Kids to Create, Capture a GIF with a Polaroid, and More

By Jordan Ramee | September 3, 2017

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Industrial designer Erin Fong and writer/illustrator Kayla Taron seek to inspire kids of all ages to face the fear of failure through creativity. They designed, Thingamatink, a book and toy pairing, to do just that. You may remember seeing them at Maker Faire Bay Area these past two years. They won Editor’s Choice in 2016 and Educator’s Choice in 2017.

The blanket can transform into numerous shapes. To accompany the blanket, kids also have access to a picture book that tells the story of a young inventor who uses his own origami-inspired blanket on an adventure that is filled with both mistakes and triumphs.

Together, this blanket and book will help the next generation of makers learn to accept failure as a necessary step on the path to success, and inspire them to creatively express themselves even at the cost of ridicule.

The duo are back in the news because they’ve been scheduled to appear on the second season of Toy Box, a kid-friendly toy-centered version of Shark Tank. Be sure to watch and support them!

See original article here.