Child’s Play

Competition Details
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Mindblocks

by Chandrani Majumdar
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The design intends to encourage children widen their imagination while satisfying the four basic modes-imitation, exploration, testing and construction-by which they understand the world.
The toy consists of wooden blocks of three geometric shapes-cube, cylinder and prism of appropriate sizes-painted in red, blue and yellow.
Blocks with projections and grooves can be coupled with one another. These projections and grooves are miniature repetitions of the basic design forms-helping a child to identify a shape before locking one block with the other. This again assists visually impaired children to identify the shapes as they get accustomed to the projection-groove fitting system.
In order to cater this toy to a wider age group who pass through stages of play development, the proposed design is seemingly simple, yet with little imagination and a deeper probe-quite complex too.
A toddler might explore each block just by staring at or grasping it. When the baby starts to crawl, s/he might bang, lick or just pile them up. Throughout this activity, the baby learns about basic shapes and the colors.
As the child grows, s/he delves into the venture of fitting one block with the other. More a child indulges in these activities, more s/he practices cognitive and motor skills. Appearing to be an apparently nonsense form, the model might materialize as a familiar object in the baby’s mind.
Much later, the child tries to construct complex models with proper planning. Due to limitation in the projection-groove binding system, a possible hindrance to construct a preconceived model helps the child in acquiring failure tolerance.
Most importantly, this simple child/eco friendly toy intends to bring the fun of limitless thinking of a child’s ever creative, innovative and open mind in the predominant world of the grown-ups.