Design of a toy that gives toddlers insights into the difference between “heavy” and “light” objects.
The occupations and the society of the future will be different than that of today. With occupations the general interaction forms are being meant. Occupations will focus on problem solving, Internet of Things and IT. The occupations of the future will change the way children play. The child of the future should have the necessary skills to have the ability to execute an occupation in the future. The skills, the so called 21st century skills, a child should have are for example problem solving, creativity and critical thinking. Therefore it is important to teach a toddler the basic development skills that underlie the 21st century skills, namely the cognitive skills.
To develop the critical thinking skills of children, the toy WaterTheater is designed. It is a toy that lets children to use their imagination to create their own story in water, while learning about the difference between heavy and light objects. With the float, sink and swim-principle they can fill and empty elements in a certain theme, for example Underwater World. Each action creates another reaction. This will help children to recognize a system and therefore learn them to think critical, while playing open-ended.
Obersdorf, J.E. , Visser, A.A., Land, J.
master thesis, May 2016