“ Brand: Science Museum / Type: Toy „
~*~*~ Science Museum Pin Art ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is a very cool 'toy' that I remember loving as a child! It is basically a frame containing lots of flat pins on the back sheet which when pushed through will form an image against the glass frame at the front. I remember having hours of fun with these as a child so I bought one for my son two Christmases ago and I still have fun with it now!
~ What do you do with it? ~
As the image above suggests you can push your hand/fingers into the pins which have flat non sharp ends and as you push through the image is shown through the glass at the front, the glass also acts as a barrier to stop the pins coming out!
The silver pins sit in a black plastic board at the back of the 'toy' there are then six pins which enable the glass to be elevated at about 2 inches or so above so that you can push the pins through to make art!
The image will stay in place so long as you don't tip it back down.
Not only can you use your hand/fingers but you can press your face into the pins or use an object. When placed back down you can then display your art with style!
The image is in 3D which makes it so cool.
~ Overall ~
My son loves this, as do I. When he got it he knew what is was and set about making an impression of his ear which turned out really well, his ear was shown in 3D and displayed on the fireplace for a couple of hours until he shook it out to try something else. The glass at the front is very thick and strong and hasn't scratched at all despite us all using it, my children will often play with this and then the 3D image will be displayed on a shelf in my sons room until he is bored of it.
I went for the Science Museum one as I found it reasonably priced in a local retro type store for £7.99. There are many other makes available and they all do the same thing, however I can say that this one is really good and has had lots of use without showing any signs of wear at all.
This particular pin art has a size of -
Height 17.5cm, Width 12.5cm, Depth 5cm.
It's a really cool, quirky & retro toy that will transport you back to your childhood!
I remember being really jealous that my cousin had a pin art and I didn't and then Santa brought me my own and I was over the moon. I am pretty sure that my original one is still in my mums attic so I think a little dig about soon will have to happen!
Thanks for reading :o) x
==Science Museum Pin Art==
These pin art science museum blocks were all the rage when I was growing up and I am sure it seemed like all my fiends and I received them as gifts on the same Christmas. It was just one of those novelty toys that has never really gone out of fashion and is still rather fun for a short period of time.
I don't know how much my parents paid for it all those years ago but I shouldn't think it was that much seeing how it was one of my smaller Christmas presents that year. Having a look on the Amazon website now you can get these toys from around £10 up to the £20 price range.
The toy looks just as good now as it did when I first received it and it is something that is currently in my little boys bedroom and he finds fascinating. Its not especially large so doesn't take up much room on his shelf and he will of course get it down from time to time.
The idea of the toy is that you can make any 3D impression using the pins. There are hundreds of blunt metal pins placed inside a screen and these can move slightly through to the front of the screen. There is a further clear plastic front panel which stops the pins being pushed back through from the front. You can push your hand/face or various other body items (foot I was thinking!!) onto the back side of the pins and the 3D impression of this will be shown at the front of the screen. This picture can then be wiped away by tilting the toy back and making all of the pins slip back through to the back panel.
The look is really impressive and its fun trying lots of different items and to see what the impression that comes out of the other side is. Of course there is really limited play with this toy and you can only really give it 5 or so minutes of your time before getting a little bored and moving on to something else. It is however one of those things that gets picked up from time to time and is a talking point when friends come round.
For the price I think it is not a bad investment. As I say it is still going strong and looking good as new a good 20 years after it was first purchased so I should think it has had its monies worth out of it. Jack really enjoys it and I did too so I can't really see any real fault with it. The item is made well and will surely last another 20 years or more! I think I will aware a 4 out of 5 stars and only mark it down 1 mark because of the limited playability with it but all in all I would highly recommend it!
I do hope that this is something that has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
My husband really wanted to get these for the boys for Christmas, but we ended up getting so many other things that they were left off the list. He kept suggesting it so often though, it was obvious he wanted to play with them so I agreed. After all, they did get the trains I wanted to play with :) Funny enough though, when reading the box, these are marketed not as a child's toy but under "gifts for men - retro toys".
So what exactly is this toy? It is just a simple plastic frame with pins poking through it. A sheet of clear plastic sits across the front and makes a steady enough base to stand this up carefully. You can press your hand, face, or nearly anything else into this and get a nice 3-d representation of it. I must say though I found the mold of my face looked rather like a monkey. Also it is only about 5" x 7" so you can not get your whole face in. It's a really simple toy but children often love simple toys. My husband had great fun playing with these for awhile before going back to his favourite toy PS3.
My sons (ages 2 and 5) have really had a lot of fun with this though. They primarily use it to make shapes of their Hotwheels cars, but it has been used for all sorts of small toys. Sometimes one person makes a shape and the others have to guess what it is. The youngest just likes rattling it back and forth and poking at the pins sometimes too. Both children seem to enjoy just feeling the texture of this, and will have fun running magnet in front of the clear plastic to make the pins leap forward.
This toy is made by Science Museum and supports the Science Museum in London. Sales of products like these allow the museum to operate on a no fee for admission basis. I only wish we could travel to London and visit it! Unlike most of their toys though, this does not come with a paper telling you some educational benefit to using the toy. In fact I do not believe they are especially educational, but the boys have had hours of fun playing with them, and I am really glad we bought them.
We have however found one educational use for this. My oldest is 5 and mirror writing and reading is common at his age. Still, I had trouble with both up until about 10 or 11 even though I read fluently from a very young age. I just figured out whether I was looking at a b or d by the word and context. I was also unable to tell right from left until much older than usual, well into my teens before I could tell you without stopping to think about it, and many a coach would be shouting at me "Your other left" etc... So while it is nothing to worry about at my sons age, no harm in working on it anyway. So I use this to make the letters that get mixed up easily and let him trace and feel them, guess which ones they are and make his own. This does seem to be helping some. Of course the youngest has to do whatever his brother does, so I make letters for him to feel and read too. I do think the tactile nature of this helps a young child to learn letters, as many children will learn better when they can touch and feel as well as see and hear.
These were about £10 on Amazon, but are currently unavailable. My husband bought these for £10.20 each at Argos which I found a bit dear, but considering how much use we have had from them is fair enough, but I would rather have bought them from ebay for £7.99 with free postage but he wanted to buy them then and there. Do watch the sizes though if ordering online as I once saw some about half this size which would be useless I think.