Let’s play! A brand new home!

On March 15 2018, Mr. Søren Holm, experience lead from Lego Foundation visited Tsinghua University Lifelong Learning Lab (TULLL) and held a workshop. Lab members collaborated to prototype a Lego home targeting at developing five different skills that Lego aims to develop in children: physical, social, cognitive, creative and emotional skills. The workshop culminated in prototyping a large Lego home with the all the five skill zones included.

 

Lego Foundation is always devoted to innovation in playing formula. They integrate learning into playing. Mr.Søren Holm showed us the five skills that children need to develop, which are physical, social, cognitive, creative and emotional skills. Physical skills aim at developing spatial understanding and nurturing an active and flexible body. Cognitive skill means concentration, problem solving and flexible thinking. Emotional skills focus on understanding, managing and expressing emotions by building self-awareness and handling impulses. Social skills emphasize on collaborating and communicating. Creative skill means coming up with ideas, expressing them and transforming them into reality.

Mr. Søren Holm showed us the Lego house they had in Denmark in which people from all ages would enjoy themselves. The first questions he proposed is what you think that could be included in the Lego home that will make all people want to come? All lab members gave their own answers. Alex wanted a trash-feeding robot, a lot of food and a telescope. Qianhui wanted a Marvel’s comic book with lights. Di wanted some dogs and cats.  Everybody put their own thoughts on the board.

Then all the lab members were divided into four groups. Each group created a Lego model for developing a skill in the five areas.

For cognitive skills, Jing’s group built a classroom setting, a therapy corner and a workout center. In a classroom setting, there could be exams, learning difficulties and conflicts with other students, all of which may lead to high stress level. Therefore, a therapy corner with food, trees and flowers was built in which people could relax themselves. Moreover, a workout spot was also built in order to make people more energetic and refreshed.

For physical skills, Alex’ s group built a 3-D maze which was inspired by a famous game Monument Valley. This game is about doing tasks through impossible structures. Alex’s group believed that by imagining different structures, people could get a better perception of space. Also, by walking through the bricks, people are also doing sports.

For emotional skills, Zichun’s group designed a storyboard in which all the people on the scene had different emotions. The couple were happily married, but the girl’s ex-boyfriend was also on their wedding who was very jealous and bitter in mind that he hid a sword behind his back. The cameraman and his fellow were documenting their wedding party. All they thought about in their minds was to finish their job as soon as possible and got paid.

For social skills, Emma’s group designed a Mahjong table. Mahjong is a very social activity in China where people from all ages could gather around the table, playing Mahjong and chatting with each other. If guided properly, children could learn a lot from Mahjong, including social skills and mathematical thinking.

For creative skills, the group developed a Story box. People could choose different themes through the turning table. The they use the Lotto box to get random bricks. As psychological experiments have corroborated, scarcity could increase creativity. Children will thus be forced to create their own stories using scared bricks.

Mr. Søren Holm commented on everybody’s work and said that he would be really happy to enter a place like that. Then he asked that every group take some inspirations from other group’s work and redesign their own work.

Finally, we put together the social world from Emma’s group, the creative work from Jing’s group, the physical world from Alex’s world, the emotional world from Zichun’s group and the cognitive world from Siyang’s group to prototype a brand new Lego home. Bravo!

 

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