A community play group that uses Legos/simple building materials and toys to stimulate critical thinking, creative processes, collaboration, use of opportunities, and pattern recognition. The children will be given little to no instruction on how to play, yet a parent chaperone would be present to ensure safety and cooperation. In addition, pictures of potential completed models would be provided to give children a prototype, allowing them to work backwards and think creatively in order to re-create the model.
The legos and toys will inspire creative thinking amongst the children.
Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?
The kids benefit from the play group but so does the community. With rotating chaperones, parents will be able to drop their kid off and have some free time. In the free time, the parents could pursue their own passions or complete necessary tasks around the household. The children and parents who will benefit from this idea will live in Southern Africa. However, this idea is universal and has potential for expansion.
How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?
We could go to a local pre-school/day-care center and give young children the toys. Clinical trials could be performed in the United States, where legos and simple building materials are abundant and common.
What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?
To make this idea possible, we would need funding to provide for the materials themselves. In addition, we would need to ensure a way to transport the materials to the individual areas of donation. In addition, volunteers are imperative to move the materials and communicate with the village leaders the importance and purpose of PlayGroup. The leaders need to be convinced of the value of this opportunity in order to get the whole community involved.
Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?
This idea is meant to inspire. I hope someone else takes it on!