with my students, i explore the world of the big box stores for product design lessons.
products in these stores have a short shelf life. many toys have limited educational benefits and given the number of parts and pieces shown above, limited sustainable qualities. compare childhood learning of shape and color to the tactile richness of wooden blocks serving the same function.
although this particular product is designed for disassembly, it's probably hitting the landfill at the end of its useful life.