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What research material have I gathered to show an understanding of the existing learning resources available on the market for primary aged children? (LO 1.1)

 

Mind Map:

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This is a mind map I created to explore some of my ideas for how children learn, which I have used as a basis to begin my project. I wanted to explore the different mediums I could use for creating my final product based on the various resources that children find appealing as well as ones that they can learn from, and then also develop my ideas further in the directions I found most appealing.


Primary Research:

Insert Survey/Questionnaire results

Secondary Research:

What Makes a Good Children’s Book?

“A good picture book tells a compelling story in thirty-two pages,” said Margaret Anastas,  an editor at Harper Collins Kids, “which is very difficult to do.”

1. Strong characters who evoke strong emotion

  • Good children’s books, no matter how simple or complex, offer a sense of joy.  They can make us laugh or cry by giving us a character we want to care about.
  • Think Curious George, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Berenstein Bears, Winnie the Pooh or even Fancy Nancy.
  • Even if a kid’s book doesn’t have that central character, the language itself needs to connect on an emotional level like Dr. Seuss’s fanciful texts.

2. A Story that Teaches

  • Good stories can teach simple concepts about numbers, letters or colors — OR they can teach about diversity, love, manners, and acceptance.

3. Mind-expanding illustrations, vocabulary or concepts

  • Great children’s book can tell just as much story through the artwork and offer an author the opportunity to expand young minds through interesting poetic language, fun alliteration, advanced vocabulary, etc.

Videos:

insert the three videos I found on YouTube here

Books and Authors:

  • Beatrix Potter;
  • Simon’s Cat by Simon Tofield;

List of the best books for 6-11 year old: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/booklists/242/ http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/booklists/243/

List of best talking animal books: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/638.Best_Talking_Animal_Books

Point and click games:

This is a list of ‘Point and Click’ style games that I have taken inspiration from when creating my product. Although not all of these games are suitable for very young children, I have still drawn inspiration from them in terms of storytelling, gameplay and design. Many of these games I enjoyed playing when I was growing up, this was a time when point and click style flash games were growing in popularity and could be found in abundance online as well as in mainstream media releases.

  • Garfield Scary Scavenger Hunt: Created in the mid to late 2000’s Garfield Scary Scavenger Hunt and its sequel Donuts of Doom took an already iconic character and brought him into the world of point and click games. Made in the form of a flash game, the game itself was made readily available online for free, thus the game quickly rose in popularity due to its easy access and enjoy ability. The game was even covered in various play-throughs on YouTube. The game featured many well know characters from the Garfield universe and kept the character design and look of the original comics. Despite being marketed as a ‘scary game’ the game was still suitable and enjoyable for children as anything ‘scary’ in the game was kept very light-hearted in nature. I have taken inspiration for this game in many ways, due to playing this game myself as a child I had first had knowledge of how the game works and so I would like to emulate some of the games features in my own product. Although I wont be able to create a game quite so complex in the time I have, I enjoy the detail to the story and the art style and aesthetic of the characters and backgrounds, that is something I would like to reflect in my game.
  • Scooby Doo online flash games: Horror on the High Seas, Mayan Monster Mayhem and Haunts for the Holidays are three of the many online Scooby Doo based online flash games. These three titles are unique due to how detailed they are for the era they were created in. Made in the 2000’s the games feature well know and loved characters from the Scooby Doo franchise. Each game is broken up into ‘episodes’ with the first two featuring 4 episodes and the last one featuring three. These episodes act as individual games that follow the same continuity and all of them can be found readily available for free online. I played these games myself as a child and enjoyed that they featured a character that I knew and loved.
  • Five nights at Freddy’s: A game that has skyrocketed in popularity since its original conception, FNAF is a point and click style horror game that has spawned numerous sequels and spinoffs as well as a book and a movie. Unlike some of the other games on my list in the original FNAF game you are confined to your seat In one room and cannot roam around, You are instead limited to what you can do and how you can interact within the game. These games are also quite adult and are not really aimed at children.
  • Telltale games: Known for their incredibly detailed storytelling and art style the various Telltale games are original stories set within various pre-existing universes. The detail included in the design of the characters and scenery of the game is so beautiful but would be unrealistic to attempt to recreate in my product but I would like to be able to include the detailed attention to story in my own work. These games are also very adult and are not aimed towards children.
  • Pajama Sam: “All games consist of three parts: the tutorial, the actual game, including the side objective, and the credits. The world changes every time a new game is started (even though the main and side objectives stay the same), so it is impossible to explain the complex storyline. The games consist of Pajama Sam finding objects in the world and using them somewhere else. A cut scene is usually played if the right item is used. You may save your progress at any time if you have to stop. In addition to a main storyline, each individual game has a separate objective to collect objects scattered around Sam’s world.” – source Wikipedia. The Pajama Sam games are aimed specifically at children.
  • Spy Fox:The Spy Fox games each contain several different game paths randomly determined when the player starts a new game. Each path has its own challenges, which some players find more challenging than others. The main protagonist of the games, Spy Fox, uses a variety of gadgets to complete his missions. Each game has a bonus ending wherein the player can catch the villain. The bonus ending is only accessible if the player clicks an option at the right moment.” – Source Wikipedia.
  • Putt-Putt:
  • Freddi Fish;
  • The Magic School Bus Games;

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Retro Tech: Classic point-and-click adventure games for kids: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3051183/software/retro-tech-classic-point-and-click-adventure-games-for-kids.html

 

Kids Websites Mood Board:

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