From Inspiration to Conception: Puppet-on-a-Stick

EI toys and games manager Brent Geppert has something up his sleeve — a puppet! Raised on The Muppet Show®, this former college radio DJ and longtime puppet lover puts on nightly puppet shows for his two sons, complete with voices and sound effects.  Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at his award-winning invention: Puppet-on-a-stick!

All kids love puppets, yet most puppets are difficult for kids to operate. I set out to make a puppet that was suitable for little hands: a puppet that would inspire instantaneous puppet show fun.

 

I experimented with various form factors like dry erase, Mr. Potato style pieces, removable hair, fixed hair, bendy arms, no arms, etc. But, after I presented my idea to the team, we all felt that a standalone puppet with no removable parts would be best.

This is the original idea I presented to the team in December 2010.

[First working prototype, January 2011]

I eventually made a second working puppet out of a solid wood ball I purchased at a furniture parts store. After that, I applied a clay skin, added googly eyes, then “bada-boom-bada-bing”: Puppet-on-a-Stick was born!

[2nd prototype, February 2011]

The new prototype was an instant hit with the team.  My manager said, “Make two more faces—and we’ll have a set of three.” So, after some internal “clay-storming,” I came up with two more faces.

These are the final clay and wood prototypes that I sent to our factory for production.

Here are the internal mechanics that we have under “patent pending” status.

[“gray hand samples” from the factory]

These are the puppets that the metal injection molds would be made from.

[Final production images]

Psst! These puppets make great stocking stuffers!

 

An Old Chinese Proverb

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”

You Don’t Realize What You Have Until It’s Gone

“Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.”
–Denis Waitley

We’re Howling Happy for Halloween!

It’s the end of the first week of October and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you some of the most creative food, craft, costume, and lesson ideas for Halloween!

From creepy treats to ghoulish getups, you can find all of this and more on our Pinterest page: https://pinterest.com/edinsights/

We’ve already started pinning for the spooky holiday, so be sure to follow us for more inspiration this season, not to mention getting the earliest heads up on deals and contests!

 

Today’s Inspirational Quote

“Never hurry. Take plenty of exercise. Always be cheerful. Take all the sleep you need. You may expect to be well.”
–James Freeman Clarke