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5. Transnational meeting of project partners in Stuttgart talk to experts
The Kids2Talk project consortium presented ten games for multilingual children age 3 to 6. Educational experts joined the transnational meeting. Linguists, trainers and teachers, specialist for early childhood education, political decision makers and representatives from kindergartens evaluated all project products. They pointed out that Kids2Talk for the first time developed and piloted toys and games for young children for the support of a multilingual development and multilingual education at the stage of early childhood in Europe. All games are easy to use and support children’s creativity.
All games come in a big trunk box. Each game is individually packed. Games come in small boxes, in cotton bags and folders. Teachers and tutors may find valuable background information and pedagogic guidelines in a handbook which comes with the box. All materials also are available on a CD-Rom.
Early childhood language support helps multilingual children
Support at an early stage for children with multilingual background helps to improve children’s skills in speaking different languages. A playful and fun environment helps children to explore different languages. Bilingual children automatically take note of differences and common items between two languages. Natural intuition helps children improving their vocabulary. Intonation and varying speeds of languages no longer come as a problem for children. Kids2Talk games help children to “play with languages” in order to passively improve their skills.
Kids2Talk games support language skills of children between 3 and 6 years of age. Some games were developed for younger children 3 to 4 years old, other games are for older children up to six years. Simple wooden toys and table toys challenge children’s imagination and linguistic creativity. Games using CD-ROMs, a puzzle with a barcode scanner and a huge map of Europe help children to explore the variety of languages in Europe. Children may listen to fairy tales, are invited to prepare a “language salad”, have to sort out a mix-up of words in a phrase and have to compare phrases in various languages.
Last Updated (Friday, 08 January 2010 07:57)
Positive feedback from kindergartens
For 12 months all Kids2Talk project products were piloted and refined in kindergartens and children’s play groups in Austria, Germany, Greece and Romania. 650 children participated in the project. Children Councils in all partner countries were involved in the development, piloting and refinement of all games and toys. Children gave recommendations and directly reported their needs and requirements towards a successful game. Games were refined and underwent a new piloting. Several hundred questionnaires were being analyzed, observatory reports from piloting phases were discussed in order to produce all games in the final phase of the project.
All games come with instructions for teachers and tutors. Instructions are meant to be recommendations since all games and materials are flexible in their use. Many games may be used for alternative plays and joyful events. Many kindergartens are extremely happy with the new games and toys due to their innovative character, multiple use and unique quality.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 12 January 2010 09:43)
Made for children and in respect of nature
All Kids2Talk project products are made of environment friendly materials. All colors, textures and print products are free of toxic colors and other allergy causing components. All fabrics, puppets and smaller wooden toys may be washed. Print products and all other materials are water resistant and easy to clean. Edges were refined in order to prevent any cuts or accidents.
“Spielzeugschachtel” from Salzburg, the Austrian partner, monitored the entire production process in order to ensure quality standards. All EU regulations for toys were applied and all products are certified as “safe toys”. Some materials were directly produced in local handicraft stores using natural local raw materials. Other games used existing toy and game products and altered them for the specific use with the Kids2Talk project. Producers of professional toys and games were involved into the production process in to order prepare pathways for a later commercial use of all project products.
Last Updated (Friday, 08 January 2010 07:58)
A „Magic box full of toys“
Like a ship with pirates on the sea children will discover the Kids2Talk trunk box full of games and toys. It is like discovering a real box with most valuable treasures. The box is full of other boxes, bags and wooden parcels. For teachers and trainers a book explains how to use all games and toys. The book also comes with recommendations and information on multilingual methods of early childhood education.
Since all games and toys come in individual packing the box is safe for transportation. The big box may also be used to store cloth, may be a ship or a place to hide in. “Our children really like this big box”, says a teachers. There is so much to explore, so much to discover and to test. Some games do not need any explanation. They simply develop as soon as children start to touch them. Children start a journey discovering something new every time. They start to ask questions, get answers. Some games may also be prepared by trainers or tutors. There is a lot to talk about, to read, to sing, to compare between languages, there are stories to listen to, news to tell others about and of course there are many adventures full of languages in the box. All articles of the box can be replaced in case of something getting lost.
Last Updated (Friday, 08 January 2010 07:58)