Sawdust & Rainbows unveils its new STEAM building toy, Scaffer

The Northern Ireland-based activity and climbing toy specialist has unveiled the latest addition to its range of Pikler-inspired toys as it introduces Scaffer, a system designed to encourage STEAM play among children.

Taking its name from the trade term for a scaffolder, the unique, safety-tested system of interlocking boards cut from the company’s signature Birch plywood is designed to be assembled without tools or fixings.

Already shortlisted for a Junior Design Award, the Scaffer enables children to build freely and independently with the product, challenging their critical thinking and reasoning skills while promoting STEAM play through the freedom to build what a child can imagine.

The Sawdust & Rainbows team, headed up by founder and qualified engineer Rosie Hughes, spent two years designing and perfecting the interlocking system, which features a series of shaped notches that allow the boards to ‘slide and tilt’ into place, with no tools or fixings required.

The system is based on just four panel sizes and allows children to build crate-style structures complete with doors, windows, a roof and castle battlements for imaginative play. Each panel features two ergonomically-shaped hand holds, making it easy for six and overs to grip, carry and position the boards all by themselves, delivering an open-ended play experience.

Hughes said: “Scaffer’s interlocking connections have been a labour of love for us over the past two years, but we’ve developed a system that allows kids to work it out and build anything they like. When they’re finished, it can be taken down and stored away in its own wooden crate, taking up minimal space when not in use.”

Scaffer is available in a range of kit sizes, including the Starter, Mega (pictured) and Ultimate kits plus three add-on kits for additional versatility.

The Starter kit contains 26 individual panels which is enough to build one module while the larger kits have more panels and can build up to four cubes, with the addition of some extras. All Scaffer kits are supplied in a wooden storage crate, and the system takes up next to no space when not in use.

For every Scaffer sold, Sawdust and Rainbows will plant a tree through our partnership with Just One Tree.

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