Co-Development / Partnership
The vision at Puzzle Heads Educational is to provide a responsive source to fill a niche for materials that are not available elsewhere. We welcome suggestions for ideas and work with you to supplement classroom materials or to create something new. Sometimes you may find yourself wishing you had that one additional component to add to your existing materials and cannot find anything suitable. Or maybe you’d like to add something regional or local to your classroom and don’t have the means to make it yourself.
Some projects we have worked on include a special puzzle map of British Columbia for Montessori schools showing the different regions in the province with a knob on the main city in that region. See the BC Regions map here. The map is sized to fit into the standard Montessori puzzle map cabinet. Another project was a collaboration with the Nisga’a First Nation in northern British Columbia to create puzzles of their family crests for use in their language learning program. These are the Eagle Clan crest, the Wolf Clan crest, the Killer Whale Clan crest and the Frog Clan crest. And some products came about through a contest asking you to vote on what the next puzzle should be. This is how the Pumpkin puzzle was added to the listings.
How Does It Work?
This unique service is handled as a partnership, so no additional custom design fees are charged. You approach Puzzle Heads with your suggestion or your wish list and together we evaluate the opportunity. Sometimes we require more information about how your product idea is used and who else you think might be interested in it. This is not a one-of custom design service. The products we make must have a larger potential market to sell to, aside from just your school. If your idea is not determined to have a wide enough appeal we will let you know.
Ultimately the item will be added to the Puzzle Heads Educational product line up and made available for anyone to buy through the website. All rights to the artwork, design, final product and proceeds from future sales remain with Puzzle Heads Educational.
Why are we offering this service?
You know as well as we do that there is no shortage of educational materials and toy suppliers available today. In addition, so much of the competition online is based on price. It makes no sense for any business, let alone a small business, to compete in a world that essentially is a race to the bottom based on price. This environment doesn’t support innovation or uniqueness, and it forces you to make do with a product that may not be the perfect fit and may be poorly made.
This service ensures that a small business such as Puzzle Heads is producing products that have a promising potential market, and not wasting resources with a “shot in the dark” approach. It gives you piece of mind that you are supporting small business, handmade craftsmanship and entrepreneurship and shopping local!
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