Toy Hack – Thomas the Train Plays Marimba

For my Making Learning Connected Toy Hack, I used a laundry clip to attach one of my almost two-year-old son’s marimba mallets to his Thomas the Train toy. I had to wait until he was taking a nap because he doesn’t appreciate when I fiddle with his toys.

This is exactly the type of toy hack I would have tried as a child. It started from a novel and fairly simple idea. Acquired the time and materials. Put it all together. A moment of triumphant elation when it works. Then disappointment or dissatisfaction coupled with a nagging desire to make it better, louder, faster, more complex…

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Bart Miller

Father, Teacher, Composer, Philosopher

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