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The Language of THINGS in a Six Bricks construction toy design

24 September 2021 — by _Fabio_Guaricci

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We are today writing about a product design that teaches the Language of THINGS in a Six Bricks construction toy design.

Children must master the Language of THINGS, before they master the Language of WORDS

Friedrich Froebel

Have you ever wondered how many ways can you combine 6 Lego bricks?

There are 915,103,765 ways to combine six, eight-stud LEGO bricks. Yes that is a huge number and that very number is possible ways of being creative. Lego has essentially taken the concrete block, the building block of the world and made it into the building block of our imagination. (Previously, we have talked about SumBlocks, which is open ended blocks used for learning basic arithmetic).

Coming back to the 6 bricks !!

Six Bricks is a product design that teaches the Language of THINGS in a Six Bricks construction toy design, a hands-on learning tool conceptualized by Care For Education(CFE) South Africa in partnership With LEGO Foundation to uplift children, schools and organizations in under-resourced communities. Through fun and short activities with the set of LEGO DUPLO bricks in six bright colors, consist of red, orange, yellow, green, dark blue and light blue 2 x 4 DUPLO bricks

WHY SIX BRICKS ?

6 Bricks is a concept which playfully engages children in variety of skills development, as with any skill, to develop it, one need to explore it, to explore it, and to practice it. Children grow and develop at different rates – it is so easy to adapt 6 Bricks activities to any child’s level, thereby making the activities suitably challenging for all. It caters for different learning styles by using many different ways to teach – it caters for visual learner, the auditory learner, and the tactile learner.

There are over 500 activities available for Six Bricks which enable physical, cognitive, social and emotional development for preschool & elementary children. They can be used by individual working towards skill development in children! It is an ideal educational resource for Teachers, NGOs, Home Scholars, Parents and Social Initiatives like Sunday Bricks, teachSTEAM and many more..

Six blocks helps in mainly Building 4 main Development Areas :

  1. PHYSICAL : With Fine motor skills(hands and fingers), Gross motor skills(whole body), uses senses (sight, touch etc.), Spatial skills / orientation, Balance / Coordination.
  2. INTELLECTUAL : With Attention skills, Reasoning / Logic, Problem-solving, Experimentation, Memory skills, Creativity and Imagination.
  3. EMOTIONAL : With generating Empathy, Motivation, Self-awareness, Express feelings, Self-confidence and building self-esteem.
  4. SOCIAL : By learning language (description), Perspective-taking, Collaboration, Sharing ideas, Thinking, Roles and responsibilities.

WHEN TO USE SIX BLOCKS ?

These activities can take 2-5 minutes. They are Short, Sharp, Engaging and Fun! They can be used as ‘warm up’ activity to begin the day. As an ‘unwind’ activity to close the rigorous academic session. Or as a ‘Brain Break’ during the course of a school day. Or as a ‘Brain-gym’ in any of the learning areas to develop working memory, inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility.

They can be used Individually, In small groups, In large groups, With a variety of ages, To remediate learning challenges or as an assessment tool for teachers and therapists. There are some Books and Videos related to the guidance of activities and different categories to learn with these brick like Perceptual Skills, Literacy Skills, Physical Skills, Numeracy Skills, Social-Emotional Skills and Groups Games.

It allows children to make mistakes without feeling ashamed or embarrassed- enables the PROCESS to become important, not the result. Children can make mistakes and learn from their mistakes– improve; try out; experiment without the fear of “being wrong”. In this way they become confident and adventurous and spark their own Imagination to boost up the Creativity.

Edited by – Jesal Patel

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AN ONLINE DATABASE OF SPARE PARTS FOR BROKEN TOYS

18 February 2021 — by Fabio Guaricci

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It was 1995 when Toy Story, one of the most iconic cartoons in the entire history of animated cinema, was released in theaters, with its fantastic story of a reality where toys have a life of their own, feelings and goals to achieve. You will surely remember (and if you don’t, you can re-watch the movie…I suppose you have seen it at least once) that the main antagonist of the story was a child with unkind ways, the Skinhead look and a black t-shirt with a prominent skull: Sid. This character, even with his ‘bad’ label, has always fascinated me for his maker side; in fact, his greatest occupation was that of destroying toys (often his sister’s) to create new ones by assembling parts without apparent logic, but with surprising results. So, I believe that behind Toy Rescue there is a grown Sid who understood his mistakes of youth and tried to direct his skills towards a noble purpose; Seriously, the idea of ​​an online database of spare parts for broken toys is as simple as it is innovative and for this we have to tell you about it.

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WHAT IS OPEN TOY

30 May 2017 — by Fabio_Guaricci

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Open TOY è un luogo virtuale dove pubblicare le proprie idee di giocattoli per esigenze educative specifiche e vederli sviluppati e pubblicati a proprio nome. Creando in questo modo la più grande libreria di giocattoli educativi opensource del mondo sviluppati da una comunità virtuale.

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