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Tadashi Tokieda Collects Math and Physics Surprises | Quanta Magazine
Sometimes adults have a regrettable tendency to be interested only in things that are already labeled by other adults as interesting. Whereas if you come a little fresher, and a little more naive, you can look all over the place, whether it’s labeled or not, and find your own surprises. [...]

And so that’s what you do. You just look around. And sometimes you feel tired, or you feel dizzy, or you feel preoccupied by other things, and you cannot do this. But you’re not always tired and you’re not always preoccupied. In those moments, you can find lots of wonderful things.
tadashitokieda  surprises  adults  children  math  science 
6 weeks ago by sspela
The basic requirements for tactile books are related to the age of the children, their disability, their development level and their relevant experience.
In tactile books for the early years it is important to strictly follow certain rules; as the child grows and his or her experience increases it is more permissible to ‘break the rules’ in some circumstances.

Features of the book :
- it must be robust;
- it must have stiff pages (cardboard or fabric) with rounded corners;
- it must have a binding that allows it to open out flat for tactile exploration of each page and to close properly afterwards
- the text must be in both large print (eg 24pt Ariel) and braille
- the text should always be on the same side of the book (ie left or right hand page) and so should the illustrations;
- the dimensions of the pages vary according to the age of the child; a child could start with a book 15 x 15 cms and progress (20 x 20, 25 x 25, 21 x 29.7) as the child grows and his/her exploratory skills develop.
- the number of pages is also related to age; you can start with just a few pages (5 – 6), and gradually increase the number;
- mark the bottom of each page to help the child with the orientation of the book.
- make sure that the details can be easily identifiable;
- leave plenty of space between different items on the page;
- avoid occlusion (items which pass in front of other items and partially hide them);
- respect proportions and avoid the effects of perspective;
- human shapes are best represented from the front, while animal shapes are best shown sideways (with four legs);
- if a character appears more than once in the story, it should keep the same characteristics;
- the thickness of materials glued to the page should be at least 1 mm.
books  touch  children  blindness 
june 2018 by sspela
Mr. Rogers's Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Kids - The Atlantic
Per the pamphlet, there were nine steps for translating into Freddish:

1. “State the idea you wish to express as clearly as possible, and in terms preschoolers can understand.” Example: It is dangerous to play in the street. ​​​​​​
2. “Rephrase in a positive manner,” as in It is good to play where it is safe.
3. “Rephrase the idea, bearing in mind that preschoolers cannot yet make subtle distinctions and need to be redirected to authorities they trust.” As in, “Ask your parents where it is safe to play.”
4. “Rephrase your idea to eliminate all elements that could be considered prescriptive, directive, or instructive.” In the example, that’d mean getting rid of “ask”: Your parents will tell you where it is safe to play.
5. “Rephrase any element that suggests certainty.” That’d be “will”: Your parents can tell you where it is safe to play.
6. “Rephrase your idea to eliminate any element that may not apply to all children.” Not all children know their parents, so: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play.
7. “Add a simple motivational idea that gives preschoolers a reason to follow your advice.” Perhaps: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is good to listen to them.
8. “Rephrase your new statement, repeating the first step.” “Good” represents a value judgment, so: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is important to try to listen to them.
9. “Rephrase your idea a final time, relating it to some phase of development a preschooler can understand.” Maybe: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is important to try to listen to them, and listening is an important part of growing.
language  misterrogers  children 
june 2018 by sspela
New research finds that kids aged 4-6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman | World Economic Forum
Donning a cape and mask, the kids from the recent study were better at what psychologists call ‘self-distancing’. One reason the kids engaged in imaginary play had better focus might be that pretending to be another person allowed the greatest separation from the temptation. A second potential explanation is that the kids in costume identified with the powerful character traits of the superhero and wanted to imitate them. Whatever the cause, the superheroes showed more grit.
psychology  children  batman  superheroes  work  focus  concentration  pretending 
february 2018 by sspela
Znanstveni blog: Vrtec na razstavi o fuzijski energiji
Oblikovalci evropske potujoče razstave o razvoju fuzijskih elektrarn med ciljno publiko najbrž niso predvideli predšolskih malčkov. Tudi vodniki po razstavi v Ljubljani, večinoma doktorski študenti z Instituta Jožef Stefan in ljubljanske univerze, so bili nemalo presenečeni, ko je nekaj dni po odprtju razstave v galerijo vstopila četica malčkov. Vzgojiteljice so jih razporedile v manjše skupine, ki so se razpršile med razstavnimi eksponati. Nekaj jih je obkrožilo interaktivni model fuzijskega reaktorja ITER, drugi so obstopili maketo fuzijske elektrarne, največ radovednih pogledov pa sta pritegnili plazemska krogla in obročasta cev s plazmo. Vodniki so se medtem spogledovali: kdo bo razlagal? Kaj naj jim povemo?

Otroci so v hipu padli v zgodbo o novem viru električne energije: s pritiskom na gumbe so prižigali »plazmo« v interaktivni maketi reaktorja ITER in čisto nič jih ni motilo, da so za plazmo slišali prvič. Saj so tudi za elektriko, strelo, impresioniste in Sonetni venec prvič slišali šele pred kratkim. Lučke so nakazovale smer toka toplote v maketi elektrarne, voda je navidezno pognala turbine in na koncu majčkenih daljnovodov so se v hišah prižgale lučke. Vse jasno!
energy  children  science  fusion  knowledge  future 
june 2017 by sspela
Important victory for the kids suing the US over climate change
A group of children and young adults are suing the United States over climate change.
climatechange  children  futuregenerations  environment  usa  politics 
november 2016 by sspela
The Dangers of Using a Sticker Chart to Teach Kids Good Behavior - The Atlantic
“We told our daughter that she could earn extra points toward her goal of getting a new phone if she would help us clean the kitchen after dinner, but she just said, ‘No, thanks.’ Now what?”
stickers  behaviour  children 
august 2016 by sspela
Hands On! — International association of Children's museums
Hands On! is an international network of museum professionals. Our aim is to make all museums and science centres meaningful places for children, to professionalize the (children’s) museum field and to share our expertise.
museum  children 
february 2016 by sspela
Il Piedibus è il modo più sano, sicuro, divertente ed ecologico per andare e tornare da scuola.

E’ un autobus umano, formato da un gruppo di bambini “passeggeri” e da adulti “autisti” e “controllori”.
walking  school  children  bus  environment  sustainability  walkingbus  play  transportation 
april 2015 by sspela
Metafoundry 7: Super Dense Crush Load
When I was a very young child, I thought that all the countries were vertically stacked on top of each other, separated by layers of clouds. This is why you had to get on planes to travel between them—you needed to go up or down. (This is the worldview you get when you’re the child of immigrants from the other side of the planet and you've taken a bunch of intercontinental flights before you understand anything about geography.) I remembered this model when the towers of Chicago came into view on that westward trip; I had flown into the city many times but never driven, and was faintly surprised that it was possible to arrive by land. It seemed improbable that there was a continuous path all the way from Boston to Chicago.
geography  children  clouds  travel  planes 
january 2015 by sspela
Atomic Anxiety and the Tooth Fairy: Citizen Science in the Midcentury Midwest—Vol. 2, No. 4—The Appendix
A childhood fascination with the abstraction of science (reminiscent of Vannevar Bush’s postwar report) abounds: “I always loved science and things of the sort,” confided one young girl. “I hope you are successful in what you are trying to do for science and people.” Another boy praised the scientists for their bravery and selflessness, declaring that God would give them “an eternal reward” for their good deeds (one wonders if perhaps a classroom lesson on the Curies’ death from exposure to radium prompted him to imagine the CNI scientists’ work as a suicide mission). Many addressed their notes to the Tooth Fairy, and one kid began simply “Dear Science.”
teeth  radiation  usa  stlouis  children  science 
november 2014 by sspela
Magic camp helps treat children with hemiplegia, that causes paralysis on one side of body - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Hemiplegia is a form of paralysis on one side of the body. In most children under two, it is a form of cerebral palsy but it can also be caused by stroke or some other trauma either before, during or shortly after birth.[...] The idea of teaching magic to kids as a form of treatment is the brainchild of British organisation, Breathe Arts Health Research. It incorporates scientifically assessed exercises in a range of magic tricks and was first trialled in the United Kingdom six years ago as an alternative form of rehabilitation. [...] Arts Health Institute magician Bruce Glen says the [magic] camp is essentially "therapy by stealth" [because kids] "don't realise how far they're advancing [...]."
magic  therapy  camp  children  tricks  health  australia  paralysis 
january 2014 by sspela
What Marshmallows Tell Us About Silicon Valley
"As time has shown, however, this is not an innate inevitability but a reflection of economic realities. All these “lazy” people were perfectly willing to work hard, study long hours, and plan for the future, but only when opportunities existed and they trusted that hard work would pay off. This lesson, that people work hard when they are confident that it will pay off, is simple. But it is one that is often eclipsed behind perceptions of culture, innate ability, or other explanations." "The marshmallow test became an important part of psychology canon. But a study in 2012 suggests that the children in the experiment did not necessarily differ in their ability to resist temptation. Instead, it was their trust in the researcher to return with the promised marshmallow that differed. "
work  time  trust  waiting  experiment  children  marshmallows 
july 2013 by sspela
Ask Chris #81: Scooby-Doo and Secular Humanism
The very first rule of Scooby-Doo, the single premise that sits at the heart of their adventures, is that the world is full of grown-ups who lie to kids, and that it’s up to those kids to figure out what those lies are and call them on it, even if there are other adults who believe those lies with every fiber of their being. And the way that you win isn’t through supernatural powers, or even through fighting. The way that you win is by doing the most dangerous thing that any person being lied to by someone in power can do: You think.
liars  thinking  adults  children  cartoons  scoobydoo 
june 2013 by sspela
Liam Heneghan – Pooh bear and the ecology of childhood
Connections with nature that many of us nourish in memory are hard to retain in adulthood. An inspection of Christopher Milne’s story brings to mind that we grow up and we change, as do landscapes, as do our relationships. We leave our childhood places behind us, sometimes literally, by thousands of miles, traversing several biomes before alighting like storm-tossed petrels in deeply unfamiliar territory. Discovering how to develop an affiliation for new places might be the major environmental task of our age. Even those who do not move at all will find themselves in places that feel new, as habitat damage and climate change take effect. And, if we do leave, we need to learn to love the places in which we find ourselves.
pooh  change  children  liamheneghan  places 
april 2013 by sspela
Toy Stories | gabriele galimberti
Everyone remembers their childhood toys. The fact that I can recall how most of mine tasted better than I can remember the names of my primary school teachers says everything you need to know about the universe kids inhabit.
photos  gabrielegalimberti  play  toys  children 
march 2013 by sspela
Five Things I Know At 27 | Thought Catalog
"When I was in elementary school, I was pretty sure that eighth grade meant adulthood. The eighth graders were the oldest kids in the school, and their classroom was down a long hallway. I pictured the hallway as a golden path to the future. I was sure the eighth graders had it all figured out."
work  friends  children  grownups  growingup  notknowing  life  future  janaeleanor 
november 2012 by sspela
“I am no man”: For Zelda-playing daughter, dad gives Link a sex change | Ars Technica
Hoye and his three-and-a-half year old daughter Maya have recently been playing Wind Waker together, but Hoye was bothered by the fact that even players who change the protagonist's name to something other than "Link"—which the game allows—always get addressed as though they are male. The main character is always referred to with words like “master,” “my lad,” and “swordsman.” Because Hoye's daughter can't yet read, Hoye has been reading the on-screen dialogue aloud to her and diligently transliterating the gendered language from male to female on the fly as they traverse the game's Great Sea together.
girls  children  zelda  games  gender 
november 2012 by sspela
BPS Research Digest: Why do children hide by covering their eyes?
A cute mistake that young children make is to think that they can hide themselves by covering or closing their eyes. Why do they make this error? [...] The revelation that most young children think people can only see each other when their eyes meet raises some interesting questions for future research.
vision  children  invisibility  hiding  psychology  research  mistakes  eyes 
october 2012 by sspela
DAD: Why is soap a surfactant?
DAD: That is an EXCELLENT question. Soap is a surfactant because it forms water-soluble micelles that trap the otherwise insoluble dirt and oil particles.
SARAH: I don’t get it.
DAD: That’s OK. Neither do most of my students.
professors  science  soap  chemistry  why  questions  children 
july 2012 by sspela
The Lamest Things About Being A Grown Up « Thought Catalog
"When you’re little, everything an adult does seems pretty magical. They can go to bed at whatever time they want, they can watch all the TV their heart desires (even shows with kissing in them!), they have unlimited access to all the most amazing foods in the world, and they drive their own cars! [...] Little did we know that with the great, great power of being able to watch a Law and Order marathon into the wee hours, comes the great, great responsibility of having to pay for a dishwasher with your own money and then be responsible for actually filling and emptying it on the regular."
growingup  life  chores  children  grownups  adulthood 
april 2012 by sspela
The Archbishop writes to Lulu, aged 6, about God
"And then I thought: this [question about who invented God] isn’t my problem. There are people who believe in God who ought to be able to answer a fellow believer’s question. Some of them are paid to do it. Lulu’s letter is of their making, not mine. If they could satisfy her, I would keep out of it. For the time being."
“Well?” I asked when we reached the end [of the letter Arcbishop of Canterbury sent her]. “What do you think?” She thought a little. “Well, I have very different ideas. But he has a good one.”
children  letters  religion  questions  god 
march 2012 by sspela
We, the Web Kids -
"To us, the Web is a sort of shared external memory. We do not have to remember unnecessary details: dates, sums, formulas, clauses, street names, detailed definitions. It is enough for us to have an abstract, the essence that is needed to process the information and relate it to others. Should we need the details, we can look them up within seconds. Similarly, we do not have to be experts in everything, because we know where to find people who specialise in what we ourselves do not know, and whom we can trust."
digitalnatives  webkids  experts  memories  children  generation  details  piotrczerski  information  memory  internet  web 
february 2012 by sspela
This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids | Colossal
This December, in a surprisingly simple yet ridiculously amazing installation for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Ar, artist Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a brilliant white, effectively serving as a giant white canvas. Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s smallest visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color.
color  gallery  white  art  children  stickers 
january 2012 by sspela
The Adventures of a Cardboard Box on Vimeo
a story of a boy who meets and befriends a large cardboard box
cardboardbox  video  play  cardboard  box  children  imagination 
october 2011 by sspela
Gamasutra - News - Analysis: Scribblenauts - There Was a Young Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
"In a sense, a child, by definition, shrinks Scribblenauts’ scope. The game’s potential solutions are necessarily limited by vocabulary, so players with a smaller vocabulary have fewer options open to them. But, free of the dry, efficient logic of adulthood, a child’s imagination also opens the game up in ways beyond most adults’ reach.
Most games demand expertise for success, their richest rewards reserved for those who invest time into developing skills and technique. By contrast, Scribblenauts reserves its richest rewards for those who can devolve their expertise, unravelling the tightly wound habit of always seeking out the quickest, most efficient solution to a problem. "
games  children  play  vocabulary  simonparkin  expertise  solutions  rewards  success  scribblenauts  imagination 
october 2011 by sspela
Every Child Is A Scientist | Wired Science |
[I]t’s the not knowing – that tang of doubt and possibility – that keeps us playing with the world, eager to figure out how it works.
children  education  curiosity  science  jonahlehrer  play  notknowing 
september 2011 by sspela
What geography ought to be
One of the first things a child asks his mother is: 'What becomes of the sun when it goes down? -- and as soon as he has read two descriptions of travel, in polar and in tropical countries, necessarily he will ask why palms do not grow in Greenland,' We are bound then to give notions of cosmography and physical geography from the earliest childhood. Of course, we cannot explain to a child what the ocean is if we do not show it a pond or a lake close by; and what a gulf is, if we do not point out to it a creek on the banks of a river. It is only on minor inequalities of ground around us that we can give children an idea of mountains and table-lands, of peaks and glaciers; and it is only on the map of its own village, or town, that the child can be brought to understand the conventional hieroglyphs of our maps.
mountains  geography  maps  whatisgeography  essays  children  travel  learning  rivers  imagination  peterkropotkin 
september 2011 by sspela
Cardboard Children: Heroquest & More.. | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
I think games connect us to a time when we had time. In your youth, time is elastic. You have exactly as much of it as you need. You have no responsibilities. No job, no children. Nothing but time, and friends, and shit to play with. When we play games now, as adults with too much stuff going on, we do so because we’ve made time for them. We’ve set time aside to indulge in some nonsense with people we love. When you make that time, you HAVE that time. And when you have that time, it’s like being back there – back in that place, that living room, that bedroom, that house full of memories. With time to spare, and everything exactly as it was.
games  play  playing  robertflorence  children  memories  time 
august 2011 by sspela
what you loved when you were nine or ten « fenced lot
“I’ve found that your chances for happiness are increased if you wind up doing something that is a reflection of what you loved most when you were somewhere between nine and eleven years old. At that age, you know enough of the world to have opinions about things, but you’re not old enough yet to be overly influenced by the crowd or by what other people are doing or what you think you “should” be doing."
life  children  happiness  doingstuff 
august 2011 by sspela
Lisa Bloom: How to Talk to Little Girls
"Try this the next time you meet a little girl. She may be surprised and unsure at first, because few ask her about her mind, but be patient and stick with it. Ask her what she's reading. What does she like and dislike, and why? There are no wrong answers. You're just generating an intelligent conversation that respects her brain. For older girls, ask her about current events issues: pollution, wars, school budgets slashed. What bothers her out there in the world? How would she fix it if she had a magic wand? You may get some intriguing answers. Tell her about your ideas and accomplishments and your favorite books. Model for her what a thinking woman says and does."
children  girls  reading  books  lisabloom  gender 
july 2011 by sspela
How to Behave in an Art Museum – Paper Monument
"Ironically, though, the kids exemplified exactly the attitude that some intellectuals in our generation wouldn’t mind achieving: they were cavalier and bold; they were not intimidated by anything they saw; they didn’t wistfully propose playing hide-and-seek—they actually did it."
doingstuff  children  museum 
may 2011 by sspela
The second tooth
children  toothfairy  tooth  magician  magic 
march 2011 by sspela
On why, or the magic of coffee - Bobulate
Why? Why did water sometimes become coffee? Why is water magic only in the kitchen? Why does water need a change? Why did she keep it a secret? Why do people drink brown beverages?

I had a thousand questions. And for them, there was only one answer [instant coffee], seemingly simple today.
Access can take away why. More practical is less practical sometimes, and being tall and connected and well-read and traveled can dull the edges of a good question. If questions aren’t coming easily, make yourself less so. Take something away. Give something away. Be less tall. Remove the excess, and you might find what remains is a good question.

And that is magic.
wonder  magic  knowledge  curiosity  questions  coffee  children  lizdanzico 
january 2011 by sspela
YouTube - Il était une fois... les technologies du passé.
Kids from a school in Québec, Canada, are in front of 80s 90s generation technologies and have to find what are those objects used for.
technology  video  history  children 
january 2011 by sspela
Eight-year-old children publish bee study in Royal Society journal | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine
"Real science has the potential to not only amaze, but also transform the way one thinks of the world and oneself. This is because the process of science is little different from the deeply resonant, natural processes of play. Play enables humans (and other mammals) to discover (and create) relationships and patterns. When one adds rules to play, a game is created. This is science: the process of playing with rules that enables one to reveal previously unseen patterns of relationships that extend our collective understanding of nature and human nature."
bees  science  children  research  play  beaulotto  games 
december 2010 by sspela
Unattended children | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"Unattended children will be given an espresso and a free puppy."
sign  children  puppy  espresso  photo 
december 2010 by sspela
The Peekaboo Paradox -
The show starts, and within seconds, Eric's got them. Instinctively, he's streamlining his act, making his gags last half as long as usual. He takes a drink of water, calling it, in a goofy, sonorous voice, "WA-WA." For some reason, this sends the kids into hysterics, so he repeats it. Hysterics, again. He does it a third time, and now they're doubled over, gasping for air. Eric looks out at the parents, shrugs, winks and says, "I'll just keep doin' this all afternoon, okay?" The parents laugh, maybe for the first time in a while.
children  entertainment 
march 2009 by sspela

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