Title:
Pantry puzzle (toy)
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The first thing noticeable about the Pantry Puzzle (Toy) is its very likeness to the foods in the supermarkets. It shares complete information from calorie contents of fats vitamins, and the health pyramid, which are all included in every packaged Pantry Puzzle (Toy) food item. The Pantry food includes the ability to pull apart its colorful matching food items, by learning where each piece goes gives it its name Puzzle. The Pantry (shelf) is used as a pantry, play supermarket, toy storage, or pretend food cabinet. The shopping cart is included in the Pantry Puzzle (Toy) gives the real supermarket shopping experience.



Inventors:
Edwards Footman, Sandra Virgie (Silver Spring, MD, US)
Application Number:
10/419625
Publication Date:
10/28/2004
Filing Date:
04/21/2003
Assignee:
EDWARDS FOOTMAN SANDRA VIRGIE
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63H33/30; (IPC1-7): A63H33/04
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Primary Examiner:
FRANCIS, FAYE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Sandra Edwards Footman (Silver Spring, MD, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



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14. A toy shaped manufactured food product having a list of manufactured toy food items, a toy pantry, a toy shopping-cart comprising: a pull apart toy food product combined of two or three equal parts each toy shape defines a food product list with exact size and shape of a manufactured food product supported by extensions and or holes wherein sustain each food item; also includes manufactured food products label food pyramid on each manufactured toy food product a toy pantry wherein, three separate parts supported by double extensions and or holes wherein connected; then used for storage and play of manufactured toy food products. a shopping cart partially assembled; six separate parts; supported by double extensions and or holes wherein connected; then used for storage and play of manufactured toy food products.

15. A toy shaped manufactured food product of claim 14; further comprising wherein said manufactured toy food products include a list of nineteen toy food items, each said food product independently includes pull-apart food products manufactured to facilitate predetermined multiple food items having duplicated pieces of said items, said broken into equal parts with extensions and or holes wherein assembled.

16. A toy shaped manufactured food product of claim 14; further comprising wherein said pantry having three dependent parts a top piece, a center piece a end piece include two extended parts pre-assembled attached to said top and said end piece wherein said extensions attached to either side of extended bottom; said center piece wherein double sided said holes connect at the center piece.

17. A toy shaped manufactured food product of claim 14; wherein said toy shopping cart said pantry and said toy shaped manufactured food product include three dimensional shapes be manufactured duplicated and constructed of plastics.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] Disclosure Document No. 523492

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

[0002] Not Applicable

REFERENCE TO SEQUENCE LISTING, A TABLE, OR A COMPUTER PROGRAM LISTING COMPACT DISC APPENDIX

[0003] Not Applicable

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0004] The Pantry Puzzle (Toy) I created to help assist young children from the ages of three and up to become more food conscious by first learning color of products, size, shape, also having the hands on feel and fun of supermarket shopping. Most children learn about shopping from the seat of a shopping cart, but they never really have hands on product information, or support because their parents are in a rush shopping, and the only hands on product or items are usually a snack item. Surveying this over the past twenty plus years has caused me too finally to create the Pantry Puzzle (Toy).

[0005] Observing young children playing with connecting plastic block square and oblong pieces of all colors also helped me to create the new product called the Pantry Puzzle (Toy). Instead of looking at blank building blocks, children can now look at and learn about and from a toy shaped like any shelf food item, but is also a puzzle at the same time with a shopping cart and pantry included. Children can now look, feel, and learn about food products and become better consumers as they grow.

[0006] The Pantry Puzzle (Toy) created for average food products; also, name brands, (EXAMPLE) such as Campbell's soups, and using only manufactured type food labels, and information, and then engraved into its outer plastic giving the exact allusion of a can of Campbell's soup, except it is a three-piece puzzle.

[0007] Brand name cereals such as, Quaker Oat Meal, Cherrios etc. . . . all of these items would be of the smaller ounce packaged life size and broken into three equal parts to each other. The only exceptions are the eggs, apple, and banana that have two equal parts. In addition, the egg carton has seven puzzle pieces. Also included in the Pantry Puzzle (Toy) would be a three tier shelf (Pantry) that would store the food toy items when in play or for storage after play for food toy items. In addition, a four-wheel-shopping cart is included with the Pantry Puzzle (Toy), whereby the child learns to shop. The Pantry Puzzle (Toy) takes the food industries for young children to the next level by teaching them how to stock their own food shelves, learn colors, shapes, and product names they also learn puzzle ability and problem solving.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] A great advantage to the Pantry Puzzle (Toy) is the ability to play house, shop, play puzzle games, and be creative at the same time without pushing a button or waiting for it to do something for you the toy allows you to be creative for yourself. The problem with building blocks of similar kinds is that they are plain, boring and with the exception of the ABC′ blocks, of which I am not speaking. I am speaking of the building blocks used for building or stacking which interlocks the inner pieces together. The Pantry Puzzle (Toy) takes on many shapes and forms to complete its pantry puzzle like effect such as cans, bottles, box, round boxes, oval shapes, and cartons.

[0009] The Pantry Puzzle (Toy) includes a shopping cart that has four sides, and one bottom, a handle bar. The cart has four wheels like those used in the supermarket. The only thing different about this cart is that not only can the groceries be put into it, but also it is also fun when the Pantry Puzzle (Toy) is taken out. “Popped” apart and the pieces mixed into its shopping cart giving the child the skill and ability to color coordinate, by size and shape the items to the correct item.

[0010] A three tier pantry shelf is also included in the Pantry Puzzle (Toy), this shelf consist of three pieces, and is used to store the food items, it can also be used as a supermarket or like Moms home pantry/kitchen cabinet. The fun idea about using the pantry is letting the child learn how to put the puzzle, such as a can of beans together, by matching the same color, size, and shape, and snapping them together, they have begun stocking their pantry.

[0011] The Pantry Puzzle (Toy) I believe is also for older children and adults with challenged learning disabilities as another way of teaching a learning experience. Through learning, puzzle abilities, colors, product, stocking items, and problem solving. Grade Schools, Day Care Centers will benefit from the ability the Pantry Puzzle (Toy) has to offer.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING

[0012] FIG. 2A has three 12 oz. size cereal boxes shows one drawing of a brand name box of cereal broken into three puzzle parts of A, B and C.

[0013] FIG. 3A has three 8 oz. size canned items shows one drawing of a brand name product broken into three puzzle parts A, B and C.

[0014] FIG. 4A has four 10 oz. size jar items shows one drawing of a brand name product broken into three puzzle parts A, B and C.

[0015] FIG. 5A has two 10 oz. size bottle shape items shows one drawing of a brand name product broken into three puzzle parts A, B and C.

[0016] FIG. 6A 10 oz. size oblong box item for spaghetti shows drawing of the brand name product broken into three puzzle parts A B and C.

[0017] FIG. 7A 12 oz. size round figure, of a box oatmeal shows drawing of the brand name product broken into three puzzle parts A B and C.

[0018] FIG. 8A 12 oz. size boxed cut item for macaroni and cheese shows drawing of the brand name product broken into three puzzle parts A B and C.

[0019] FIG. 9A ½ dozen eggs shows drawing of brand name product broken into two puzzle parts, of A, and B.

[0020] FIG. 10A shows brand name egg carton broken into seven puzzle parts of A, and B1-6.

[0021] FIG. 11A 14 oz. size loaf bread shows drawing of the brand name product broken into three puzzle parts of A, B and C.

[0022] FIG. 12A one banana drawing with brand name of product broken into puzzle parts of A and B.

[0023] FIG. 13A one apple drawing with the brand name of product broken into two puzzle parts of A and B.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING

[0024] Information Paragraph 0014 Pantry Puzzle (Toy) three-tier shelf

[0025] FIG. 1A view A-1, part one of shelf

[0026] FIG. 1A view A-2, extended shelf ends shows nubs on each end for input

[0027] FIG. 1A view A-3, centerpiece

[0028] FIG. 1A views A-4, holes the nubs would enter

[0029] FIG. 1A view A-1, A-5 shows pre-connection of pieces to center

[0030] Information Paragraph 0015 Pantry Puzzle (Toy) shopping cart

[0031] FIG. 14A view A, shows opened view

[0032] FIG. 14A view A-6, A-7, A-8, A-9 and A-10, shopping cart

[0033] FIG. 14A view A, handlebar

[0034] FIG. 14A view B, double side attachment hook for handlebar

[0035] FIG. 14A view C, wheels pre-connected from factory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0036] FIG. 1A One-three tier pantry front view/back view the same

[0037] FIG. 2A Three-two dimension views of a three part-puzzles, 12 oz. boxes

[0038] FIG. 3A Three-two dimension views of a three part puzzles, 8 oz. cans.

[0039] FIG. 4A Four-two dimension views of a three part puzzles, 10 oz. jars.

[0040] FIG. 5A Two-two dimension views of a three part puzzles, 10 oz. bottles.

[0041] FIG. 6A One-two dimension view of a three-part puzzle, 12 oz. oblong box.

[0042] FIG. 7A One-two dimension view of a three part puzzle, 12 oz. round shape.

[0043] FIG. 8A One-two dimension view of a three-part puzzle, 12 oz. boxed cut.

[0044] FIG. 9A One-half dozen eggs two-dimension view of one opened.

[0045] FIG. 10A One-two dimension view of the egg carton, 7 puzzle pieces.

[0046] FIG. 11A One-three dimension view of a three-part puzzle, 14 oz. bread.

[0047] FIG. 12A One-two dimension view of a two-part puzzle, banana fruit.

[0048] FIG. 13A One-two dimension view of a two-part puzzle, apple fruit.

[0049] FIG. 14A Two dimension view of a children's toy shopping cart.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0050] Nineteen of these items are food items. These items are manufactured (simulated) curved to fit its original manufactured food product, the only difference would be that the Pantry food items are not eatable and would have the ability to be broken into two or three equal puzzle pieces each, also capable of being put together again. The other three items included are the three tiers Pantry, the empty brand name Egg carton, and the Shopping cart, giving twenty-two items.

[0051] The process of making the food items for the Pantry Puzzle (Toy) is to make first a copy of the original manufactured food product drawings then have them engraved melted into a mold, making a copy as if an engraver would make money plates, one slight difference is these molds are broken into puzzle pieces. EXAMPLE: A light durable plastic placed in its mole shaped sketched and colored like its manufacturer Skippy Peanut Butter; also in that mole, that 10 oz. jar mole has been broken into three separate pieces, breaking the jar into three puzzle parts. Making the molds, which each equal to each other, with holes, extensions molded in place; at the end of A, and the bottom C, is one plastic round extension piece that has entered into B, centerpiece, which has entrance holes at the top and at the bottom for entrance/exit. When A, and C, are inserted into B, gives you a completed jar of peanut butter. Each food item is treated the same for balance easy open, close ease fit of each piece.

[0052] What is new about the Pantry Puzzle (Toy) is that it is not a building block, nor is it ABC blocks, though they both served their purpose, we live in a new time when nutrition and survival is more the issue. Children are very advanced then the prior generations, but for some reason not so advanced as far as food choices are concerned. The Pantry (shelf) can be used as a panty, a grocery shelf, or copy Mom's kitchen cabinet it lets the child use its imagination. It is a food-learning puzzle.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0053] The Pantry Puzzle (Toy) comes with a pantry, this pantry comes in three pieces, and put together by the parent. The principal that applied to creating, molding the food toy would also apply to the pantry (shelf). The top piece FIG. 1A (A-1) the shelf would extend downward, FIG. 1A (A-2) with only one large circle on each end to input into FIG. 1A (A-3) the centerpiece. The centerpiece FIG. 1A (A-3, A-4) is double sided, with two circled holes on either side for entrance. FIG. 1A (A-1 and A-5) can enter into this double sided figure on either side. Again the process is repeated, a same piece used for the top can also be used for the bottom is inserted into the bottom showing the stacking formation causing a sturdy shelf.

[0054] The Pantry Puzzle (Toy) shopping cart copies the exact shape as the shopping carts in the supermarkets, but it is made of light durable plastic with four wheels that are also made of plastic, and small enough for the average three to five year old child.

[0055] FIG. 14A the shopping cart has three parts, the first part is the large basket that has four sides and a bottom the four wheels are pre connected from the factory to the shopping cart.

[0056] FIG. 14A (A) shows an open view of (A-6, A-7, A-8, A-9 and A-10) FIG. 14A (A) shows the handle bar which attaches directly to the shopping cart using no tools to attach it only FIG. 14A (B) fisher hook style on both sides of the hand bar, that is made of durable plastic for grip. FIG. 14A (C) show close up of wheels pre-connected from factory.