Australian Mum Designs Original Portable Activity Table For Early Years Play & Learning
12 October 2020
Kingdom Playroom is launching the Carry-Play™, a revolutionary table for ages 0 to 6 that folds into a hand-carry suitcase smaller than a standard cabin baggage.
Designed by JN Jenny Chen, Sydney mum of three kids under six, the travel-friendly Carry-Play™ has a patent pending on its unique folding and multifunctional design.
“While in lockdown and having to homeschool, I was looking for a table that can be used for both my toddler and kindergartener, the most popular choice seemed to be the IKEA kids table,” says Jenny, designer of the Carry-Play™.
“But it is heavy, very basic, and I wasn’t confident timber will be easy to clean and maintain. Every other table I looked at was too one-dimensional in its use and I needed something that was versatile and space-saving.”
With a professional background in graphics design and working knowledge of product design, Jenny created the Carry-Play™ for creative experiences anytime, anywhere:
- 100% waterproof with easy wipe surfaces
- Two large storage compartments for toys, supplies, or sensory play
- Four clip-on side holders for extra storage and organisation
- Detachable legs with two height settings
The design process started with inspiration from a hard case carry-on suitcase. It was the perfect size for storing away in the cupboard or under the bed and opens up with enough space inside for play and storage.
Working closely with mechanical engineers and CAD artists, conceptual sketches were developed with hidden handles, hinges and reversible table tops. These custom design features increase the Carry-Play’s compatibility with the most common early years play activities and improve on its visual aesthetics and user-friendliness.
Partnering with a local manufacturer in NSW, technical drawings for the Carry-Play™ were refined and prototyping was undertaken to optimise usability and durability.
With the Australian active lifestyle in mind, the Carry-Play™ instantly turns any beach outing, camping trip, or backyard into an outdoor classroom experience with its lightweight, compact and weatherproof design. It can be used as a portable mud kitchen, elevated sand pit, or for sensory activities. For easy cleanups, simply hose or wipe it down.
With handcrafted Nordic-style illustrations on its table tops, the Carry-Play™ is beautifully designed to complement any environment. It provides an elevated surface for activities to keep the mess off the ground and maximise the use of play space by increasing vertical space.
The reverse side of the table tops are building block base plates for even more play options within a limited area, particularly in apartment living and smaller learning environments where space is limited.
Since the release of its concept in June 2020, the Carry-Play™ has registered more than 2,000 parents worldwide on its waitlist and has received praise for its compatibility with early years sensory play.
Public pre-order for the Carry-Play™ is opening on 15th October, 9 p.m AEDT with limited quantities available in its first production run. It is estimated to ship in April 2021 with free delivery.
Kingdom Playroom was founded by Jenny Chen to provide parents with functional, well designed and long lasting playroom items so kids can play more, with less. Their mission is to make the early years easy and fun for parents and children alike.
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