Made from rapid replenishing rubberwood, the SunBake is an eco friendly toy that encourages kids to play and explore outside, while stimulating them mentally and physically. Based off of a simple solar oven the SunBake teaches children first hand about sustainable energy use. It is designed to turn mud, and other found ‘ingredients’ into hard figures used for decorating and imaginative play. A variety of silicon moulds ranging from cupcakes to critters lets the child’s imagination take charge.
A final model was crafted using a combination of 3D printing technology and hand techniques. Features include a nylon carrying handle and shock chord strap that holds found objects like sticks and holds the hatch open or closed. A reflective painted surface directs light through the transparent acrylic window.
Early concepts included a bird call and plush toy made from reclaimed objects, a mud pie molding set, and a DIY worm composting educational toy.
To test the concept I constructed a working model from a shoe box, plastic wrap tin foil and some black paint. On a warm September day around noon a mixture of mud and grass cooked in about 45 minutes and was easily painted.