Creating Space for Play - in the calendar | Chalkboard calendar with "spacers" for unstructured time
More and more, young people are becoming over-scheduled and stressed by the perceived need for more and more activities. Many of these kids wish for time - to sleep late, have dinner as a family, etc. HMW create space for unstructured play?
A chalkboard kit that enables parents and kids to co-design their month.
Stressed and overscheduled
Each board could have a backing and two slide-in boards, so parents and kids could plan a rolling 2 months.
Chalk "stamps" could block out unstructured time, family dinners, soccer practice, whatever they agree is important that month. The ritual of planning for the next month would remind them to revisit priorities, and open up space for discussion.
In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.
Kids and parents would contribute to the list of activities they currently do, and want to do, and kids would contribute drawings for the chalk stamps representing these topics.
Provide a playbook for parents to engage their child in the discussion
Parent(s) and kids then have a conversation about upcoming events - vacations planned, school trips, etc., then options for the child, including an agreed-upon number of blank "space-holders" to be distributed throughout the month. These should be used for a playful unstructured / creative activity. This playful conversation also provides the props to enable parents and kids to notice which activities are not on the board, so these can be avoided.
Observers would listen to how the conversation unfolds to improve the playbook, stamps and the conversational tool itself.
How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?
Once each calendar month is completed, kids in different locations could share pictures and learn what other kids around the world plan to do that day/week/month. On the creative spacer days, they could share pictures of things they made or did that day, and have these placed on the map. Kids could connect and share directly, making photo pals across the globe.
What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?
Product engineering support for the calendar structure, testing out supplies, building stamps, financial guidance, volunteers to build, test, learn and iterate. I envision this spreading like Art in Action - a toolkit for collaborative planning.