Holiday Learning Programme: Toy Makers

What toy would play with if it was your first day in a new country? Plan, build, test, and refine your own toy using a range of hands-on and digital processes.

  • When Mon 2 Oct 2017, 10:00am–3:00pm
  • Where
    Hīnātore | Learning Lab, Level 4
  • Cost $58. Suitable for ages 6–13. BYO lunch. All materials provided.
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Toy Makers begins with identifying your target audience – who will enjoy your toy? In Te Papa’s Mixing Room exhibition, participants explore immigrants’ and refugees’ stories to help inspire a design of a fun and engaging toy.

Back in Hīnātore Learning Lab, participants plan, discuss, and choose a design pathway. A range of creation stations help to turn their ideas into reality as they go about making, testing, and refining their toy.

Extend your product’s success and put a huge smile on your target audience by designing bespoke advertising and packaging.

Creation Stations: Activities throughout the day

Participants can choose a range of production techniques and technologies to design, test and build their product.

3D design and printing

Use Tinkercad to construct a product in 3D choose to publish your design online or in Virtual Reality. See 3D printers in action or print your own 3D design! (Note due to time and printing limitations we are not able to 3D print all designs made).

A child watches a 3d printing machine


3D printing, 2017. Te Papa

Hands on

Choose from a range of recyclables and materials to sculpt, hammer, saw, tape, cut and glue your way to an awesome product.

Children making toys in Hīnātore


Making toys, 2017. Te Papa

Art Bots

Build an art making robot out of everyday objects and some micro motors.

A child holds up a robot with pens as legs


Making Art Bots, 2017. Te Papa

Roller Coaster for a Marble

Design an exciting toy guided by kinetic forces.

Raspberry Pi

Challenge yourself by building a Raspberry Pi mini-computer and code a game on it! (Please note participants do not take home their Pi games)


Learn about using block codes to design a game for your audience. Use Dash robots to see your code come to life!

These sessions are open to all skill levels. If you came last term, you’ll find plenty more to discover this time round.

Children playing on a PC


Designing toys, 2017. Te Papa

Toy Makers sessions:

Mon 2 & Fri 13 Oct 2017 (join one session or both)