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Unique board games based on rules of GRAVITY

19 November 2021 — by _Fabio_Guaricci

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Since years, board games have been an integral part in growing up of a child and it also brings fun times with family and friends. Sometimes along with fun they also provide a lot of knowledge to kids without even realizing it. In association with Syddansk Teknologisk Innovation, Gravity Board Games have developed and produced 6 unique board games based on rules of gravity.

These unique board games based on rules of Gravity – as the name suggests – they all have the concept of gravity as an integral part of the game concept and play value. The game has been designed over a see-saw device. Under the rules about “force times arm”, a piece that is close to the center line does not weigh the same as a piece that is far from the center line.

First game is Hungry Higgs (a balance must be struck between caution and greed), it is for age 7+ and requires 50% of strategy. You win the game by getting most possible weight placed on your half of the playing field by only ONE movable piece on board that moves around and tries to capture the prey pieces. For movement the dice has been used.

Second game is Gaining Gravity (its best of five), it is for age 8+ and requires 60% of strategy. You win the game by getting most possible weight placed on your half by moving only TWO pieces on the board that moves and captures the prey pieces by using two dice.

Third game is Dangerous Dip (get through the field quickly or collect more prey pieces), it is for age 9+ and requires 70% of strategy. You win this game by getting most possible weight on your side of the game board by THREE movable pieces on the board trying to capture the game prey pieces and get through the board and one piece reaches the other end with the help of two dice.

Forth game is Gravity Gammon (Backgammon with new direction), it is for age 10+ and requires 80% strategy. You win this game by gathering most possible weight on your end of the board by playing with 15 pieces and move them and try to get through the field as quickly as possible.

Fifth game is Gravity Chess (moving weight on other side or getting king to the centre line), it is for the age 11+ and requires 100% strategy. You win this game by moving most possible weight on the opponent’s end of the board with 16 movable pieces and bringing the king to the center line to capture your opponent’s king.

Sixth and last game is Changing Challenges (play pieces shifting functions and adapting strategies), it is for the age 12+ and requires 100% strategy. You win this game by shifting most of the weight to the other side of the board with 14 movable pieces that has function similar to chess pieces which keeps on changing as you move forward on the board.

With Gravity, a new dimension has been added to the board games that are stimulating and educational. All six board games can be won if you are best at moving weight from one half of the playing flied to the other, but they can also be won in other and more traditional ways. These games are easy to learn but difficult to master, and you quickly discover that you will get better and better the more games you play.

Edited by – Jesal Patel

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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