• lekkees: Allowing Free Play to Rule

    Education, Industrial Design

    Design-21-post_432_

    lekkees was developed in collaboration with Marcos Stafne and Miriam Kessler from the New York Hall of Science

    Early childhood development toys and activities in institutional settings do not promote interaction among peers, lack possibility for imaginative interpretation, and full-body physical engagement.

    lekkees is a set of bendable geometric panels which connect in an endless assortment of configurations abstractly eluding to recognizable environments and objects.

    lekkees encourages more quality play by providing tools for children to visualize, imagine, and interactively build their surroundings. Allowing kids to engage in active play nurtures their social and cognitive development through the process of creative exploration

    My goal is to implement lekkees in institutional settings such as children's museums, day care centers, camps, and potentially schools.

  • Victoriya,

    I've been invited to give feedback to all Parsons students, regarding your thesis projects.

    Thanks for suggesting such a fun and physically interactive design tool for children as part of your thesis project. You've done a great job of addressing several issues simultaneously with Lekkees. You are encouraging the physical involvement of kids while playing and you are inspiring imaginative play. Kids need, love and appreciate this.

    What I'm missing, however, is a comparative analysis of what else exists in the landscape of institutional toy offerings. Compare and contrast Lekkees against what else currently exists. Prove to your audience that this is a revolutionary solution for children. Tell us how they'll benefit from playing with this sort of design, and explain how this will be introduced into the institutional setting, i.e. who will pay for its development and distribution?

    It's a wonderful idea. Great work! J.

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