Concept of thoughtless awareness in toy industry & a toy line of lightness

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It is an ancient yet extremely modern concept. Thoughtless is the state of the person who is always focused and happy, whose creativity constantly flows with brilliance and purity, no space for misinterpretations, sadness, stupidity and other kinds of imbalances. This concept is related to a positive and healthy state of mind, very close to the ideal lifestyle which we want to create nowadays in our urban and no urban environments. Hence, it is a concept valid and fully adaptable to the toys manufacture.

Focus: to transmit feelings of joy, lightness, fun, simplicity.

Design: preference of rounded shapes, elements & inspirations from the nature, fresh character and great characters. 

Toy materials: soft materials, attractive to the hands, really easy to handle and carry, not harsh, sometimes not hard at all, fabrics, an examplary line where the child can have complete control on it and does not have to ask the parents to do something (like changing batteries, push the button ecc).

Example of toy: From the idea of Sensitive Floor, developed by IO Agency last year: an interactive video projection designed specifically to be walked on. ~~~~> Brought to toy industry in form of a….

… scene – projector which creates, on the wall, a touch sensitive playing platform. Scenes can include:

a. interactive art scenes

b. learning games

c. story telling sequences

two examples of scenes:

1. A spiral is projected and a small elephant has to be accompanied by one finger along the spiral path from the outside to the inside extreme.

2. Moving sea Waves are projected with floating jellyfish. When a jelly is fully covered by the hand it will disappear but another jelly will appear in another corner of the sea scenario.

How to use it: the projector can be placed on a cabinet, and images will appear on the wall or furniture cabinet in front of it.

 

 

Fast learners get awsome possibilities in this fast world

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You realize it when you leave in a fast city and your subtle system is healthyly pending on the right side. Doors open and fresh opportunities arise for you. Fast learning is a beautiful gift which usually shows up in children already at tender age. Their eyes are shining and they seem to adapt easily to different people and daily patterns of life.

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Learning a language thru the music

It is really fun, i didnt ever think that a word can be accompanied by a musical background and you just start following it and repeat the word in teh right sequence. Tonight i had my first experience with mandarin. Basically somebody who came to China started with this linguistic initiative. CDs are not cheap and each includes about 15 short chapters. You can always check it out here  . If you like music and ritmo it can work for you!

It’s not true that a new language should be taught by mothertongues to the kids

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I have two close examples which support the fact that children can learn a new language not necessarily from mother tongue teachers.

The first is a long study to which by myself I participated in 1998-1999 with a master thesis in Rome. Based on the main idea of Bruner about constructivism in psychology and learning processes we focused on children at kindergarten level living in an Italian context and being exposed to the English language as second one (L2). The research was inspired by 400 teachers and their young pupils. We eventually wrote this book comprehensive of all the work done. The cool point is that maybe only one of the teacher was a native English speaker, all the others learned in our seminars and transmitted their knowledge in the classroom. We analyzed their progress, prnunciation, improvements, diaries, workshops, a lot of interesting material…They did an excellent job and the children learnt each year more and more! Statistics and databases inclueded in the same book. Do you know why the children learnt English? The main result was that is because the teacher love them and express her lovely attitude plus interest towards them daily and firmly. A section of the project was dedicated to the expressions of her face, to her words and behaviours with the little ones. They love the L2 because they love in primis the person who is teaching them. That is why we intitled the book “The magic teacher”. This magic is nothing but pure love!

Second example is fresher and again comes from an experience in Italy which I only heard about directly and am supporting with material in Chinese language. My auntie, an experienced teacher and coordinator of seminars and workshop at a primary school, is already conducting Chinese classes in ludic form to the kids. And she never spoke Chinese before. She is using the modern Youtube way, karaoke, playful settings and real small storytelling linked to the new life of her adorable daughter (me 🙂 ) Here is an example i provided her few weeks ago. It is just so much sweet:

Children understand love more than anyone else” (Nirmala Srivastava)

Let the creativity focus

Today is Shri Saraswati day. She is the Goddess of art, creativity, knowledge and learning (all of them contemplated by “Boundless inspiration” in a very very simple form). My aspiration in my current life is to achieve very high standard of communication, that is the reason why I love to be called Radha (although my parents did give another name meaning glorious).

Now Saraswati is “the flowing one”. Her speech flows, her communication flows, her attention flows, her music flows thru the veena.

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She has got the divine powers to remove all the lethargy and the ignorance out from the human mind and push it towards a more elevated dimension where true wisdom, eloquence, essence and supreme knowledge are bestowed. In this special day she dresses with yellow and golden ornaments. sara1.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Books, papers and musical instruments are offered to her pure attention. Children are thought the first word today which is considered an auspicious day to start reading and writing. Spring time is coming! It is time of blossoming of the creativity and life in nature! Jay Shri Saraswati Nirmala Devi Namoh Namah!