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Review 1st September

  1. 1. Pallavi M | Diploma Project Review Panel Meeting 4 1st September 2009
  2. 2. Opportunities 1 Education Understanding concept 2 People & Play Sharing a memorable play experience 3 Play process Imagination, storytelling Customization Creating heritage rather than an object Constructive Engaging Collaboration and sharing Tangible Alternative knowledge resources Individuality and Commonality Security Variety Freedom and expression Logic and reasoning Longer period of engagement 4 Nature Interdependence & self-sufficiency of a system 5 Material & Aesthetic Popularizing natural material Nature & its systems of survival & adaptation Glocalization Curiosity rather than fear towards nature Interactive and fun Durable Inexpensive, everyday Tactility
  3. 3. Insectopia Insectopia is a large sized physically engaging board game for children that allows children to explore the various attributes of insects. The goal of the game is to use the attributes to save the colonies of your insect friends from various obstacles that come.
  4. 4. Concept Product Play Process Play Space Play Partners Insectopia is a large sized The board game comes in the form of roll Role playing Outdoors With friends or physically engaging board up mats, a set of cards, etc. The game Group interaction family. game for children that could be designed to use simple objects Logic and reasoning allows children to explore like towels or vessels. the various attributes of insects. The goal of the game is to use the attributes to save the colonies of your insect friends from various obstacles that come.
  5. 5. Refrigerator stories This toy uses a refrigerator as a canvas to tell stories about insects. The insects and the various parts come as a constructible set of fridge magnets which when put together tell the process of insect life and their environments.
  6. 6. Concept Product Play Process Play Space Play Partners This toy uses a refrigerator The product would come Creative building Outdoors The story is meant to be unfolded day by as a canvas to tell stories as a set of detachable and Storytelling day along with the help of an adult. The about insects. The insects attachable fridge magnets Reasoning and development in the story is meant to do be and the various parts come and a set of cards that observation waited for by the child, and modified with as a constructible set of unfolds the various stories the help of this adult. The other possibility fridge magnets which when - probably in the form of that the toy allows is for the child to build put together tell the process questions and answer sets his/her own story and construct it on the of insect life and their that need to be played with canvas. environments. the children.
  7. 7. My bug journal The bug journal is meant to be a place of recording for the child, when a set of activities are done. These activities are designed for the child to explore his surroundings and closely observe nature and probably even insects.
  8. 8. Concept Product Play Process Play Space Play Partners The bug journal is meant The product would come as a bag of tools, Expression Garden/ Natural Individual activity to be a place of recording along with a journal. The tools are meant Reasoning and observation Environment and can also be for the child, when a set of to be used for different activities around done with friends activities are done. These the garden, like identifying certain insects and family. activities are designed for and plants, understanding processes like the child to explore his the food web etc. The tools could be a surroundings and closely mixture of traditional and digital ones. observe nature and probably even insects.
  9. 9. Skitterville A set of characters in the form of puppets that come with a set of stories and traits that teach children about insects and environments.
  10. 10. Concept Product Play Process Play Space Play Partners The puppets are hand operated made from These puppets are meant to be Home/ School Ideal with an A set of characters in cloth and other eco friendly material. The played with along with an adult adult (parent/ the form of puppets that puppets come dismantled, and need to be (parent/teacher/nanny etc). teacher/ come with a set of stories put together by the child before playing. There are two processes that nanny etc) for and traits that teach These puppets come as a set of toys along are meant to occur here: the reading children about insects and with books. Eg: -constructive exercises, but environments. -storytelling and role playing can be played - A book that covers just the quirks of individually and insects: Preying mantis hang upside down with friends. when they are bored and hungry, they are obsessed about keep their feet clean; butterflies like lazing in the sun when not doing anything. - A book on a set of friends: Ants are friendly with the phycus plants, and get milk from them, while in return they keep the plant clean and pest free, etc.
  11. 11. Skitterville 2 A kit that contains a set of characters meant to be created by the child with different materials. The intention is to teach the child about insects and also different kinds of materials and their properties.
  12. 12. Concept Product Play Process Play Space Play Partners A kit that contains a set The products would come as one set per character. Creative building Home/ School These kits of characters meant to be Each set contains different materials from which the Storytelling will need adult created by the child with character can be made. The kit also comes with a and roleplaying supervision and different materials. The set of cards, and the materials as well. Material guidance to be intention is to teach the Exploration made. child about insects and also Eg: Skitter the springtail has the power of jumping different kinds of materials very high.See how skitter would look when he is and their properties. made of leaves. How does skitter jump when he is made of leaves?(instruction guide and flash cards), the material being palm leaves woven together to form springtail. The materials could involve things like paper, cardboard, cloth, ice cream sticks, beads etc
  13. 13. BugHeads The original idea, bugheads has been explored further keeping in mind certain opportunities in the following pages. The intention behind this exercise is to see how the first prototype can be taken forward, having defined the user a lot more clearly.
  14. 14. 1 Education Variety, Layers of knowledge 2 People & Play Collaboration and sharing 3 Play process Long attention span resources, understanding The building process could be a Could be achieved using simple game for two or more kids. concept electronics and mechanics The various parts of the toy could Print: allow for a barter system either Imagination, storytelling The toy can come with a series of within friends or with manufacturer. Creating characters using helmet storybooks or cards that talk about the different parts of insects and heads for children to easily identify their living environments and learn from Online: Logic and reasoning The toy can have an online Children can understand and component where children can look question why certain forms and up different insects, where they belong to etc and even have them habits of insects exist and how they share their creations. came about. This can be supported by the print or online component of the toy.
  15. 15. 4|5 Nature | Material & Aesthetic Interdependence and self-sufficiency of a system Colonies and community building among insects, occupations of different kind of insects, Nature and its systems of survival and adaptation, interactive and fun, popularizing natural material Visual: Colour and camouflage techniques used by insects, tactics like distraction, chemical signals, stealth etc, certain quirky traits that make them the way they are. E.g.: daddy long legs, upside down preying mantis etc Touch: Use of material teach children about concepts like poky, slimy, fluffy, delicate, hard, soft etc Stimulus and reaction: Replicating movements of insects through mechanics Auditory: Audio signals can become a language that children are taught to recognise There could be a pair of headphones and mike attached to the toy, where the child’s inputs could evoke reactions from the toy Olfactory: Recognising scents of various foods could be used for children to recognise which insect hunts for what kind of food.

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