play, move, learn
Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego
Parents are squeezing the role of play out of their children’s lives in favour of the three ‘R’s as they try to prepare their offspring for a competitive world. read more at the Guardian website
Did you know there is a more serious side to play? Playgroundideas.org has written a full report on the benefits of playing and why children should have access to playing experiences.
We came across an interesting article by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom on the decline of play in pre-schools and the rise in sensory issues. A problem which we try to solve for toddlers with our interactive outdoor installations.
According to the article it is better to let young children play outside than to focus too much on prepping them for university.
An interesting article about why serious games are not just the regular old and boring educational material spiced up with game mechanics. Serious games are actualy good and fun games that teach serious subjects and skills in a playful way. Suppliying a long lasting experience that you give to yourself from your own free will and passion instead of fulfilling a boring task demanded by someone else.
meet the team behind Noplica
Dr. Nico Nobel is the chairman of the ChildTuition Foundation who provided the inspiration and the means to develop and build Nicotopia.
As a student, Nobel became friends with an Indian boy studying at Cambridge University. This friend invited him to tour India after finishing his studies, and he accepted. In 1958 he completed a 7 month tour through India by car, nearly covering the entire country. Having made a number of new friends, he returned often for short visits. As a result, Nobel regards India as a second home, and himself as half-Dutch and half-Indian.
Mr. René Bakker is Treasurer and Secretary of the ChildTuition Foundation.
René graduated as a lawyer at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He has spent his whole business career in the Publishing and Information Industry. At the start he worked for Wolters-Kluwer and later joined Informa PLC where he was managing director of a number of subsidiaries.
Educational research and advice
Paula Fikkert is full professor First Language Acquisition and Phonology at Radboud University.
Paula Fikkert is research director of the Centre for Language Studies, board member of the National Research School for Linguistics, member of the Humanities board of NWO, and a member of the ‘Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen’.
Architect / Project Manager
Ying Fang is an architect and spatial designer.
With ChildTuition she is working as a spatial designer, material researcher as well as a project leader.
Ying is an energetic, passionate and persistent designer. With her multicultural background Ying continuously seeks ideal opportunities to exploit her unique identity within the professional design world. From the projects she has done you will discover her own personal involvement and the contribution to the integration of Eastern and Western culture.