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RAFT invites Kids Kit Testers for fun learning using RAFT hands on Activity Kits


One of the most important steps in our hands on Activity Kit development process is user testing. We want to test RAFT Activity Kits to ensure we are delivering the best quality product, with easy to understand instructions, and exceptional educational content. We recently invited RAFT members to bring their children, the end users of RAFT products, to be our RAFT Kids Kit Testers for the night.

The children were very excited to see the place “where mom gets all her good junk”. We tested Foil Art, Kumihimo, and a brand new Retractor Car. In reaction to completing the retractor car made out of common materials, one child exclaimed, “It REALLY worked!” I received valuable feedback and will take it back to the product development team. It is amazing what you can learn when you see the product with its end user.

RAFT prides itself in creating hands on Activity Kits that are made out of common materials so one can actually build these kits on their own! RAFT provides, Idea Sheets, materials and manipulatives that can be used to create these activities.

You can also use pre-assembled RAFT Activity Kits and save the time to track down all these materials! Be on the lookout for our new and revised Activity Kits. Meanwhile, please check out the Activity Kits we have available in store and online.

Bay Area residents interested in having your children be part of RAFT Kids Kit Testers, please email me at selina[at]raft.net. 

- Selina Cardoza, Product and Program Manager at RAFT

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