Seasons Rhyme

systemic Game design, 2015

 

Introduction

Seasons Rhyme is a series of forest education game designed for children ages 2 to 5, that aims at cultivating children an appreciation for the Earth through active participation in the rhythms of nature in a gamification design way. The project contains three parts: Spring, Summer and Autumn, with two interactive games for each season. 

Role Toolkits

Solo Project Cinema4D/Rhino/Keyshot/Illustrator

System/Product Design

 

 

CHALLENGE

How might I provide educational solutions to young children that suffered from nature-deficit disorder in the context of overwhelming information and urban living?

OUTCOME

Early childhood education systemic games design, including product and system design and technical illustrations based on research in the fields of nature-deficit disorder and early childhood education.

 
 

0.Project Brief


 
 

I read the “Last Child in the wood” during the first year of my master which made me think a lot… urbanization, industrialization and technology which shapes the life in a fantastic way meanwhile brings the invisible negative effect on children. This project is a design solution to the nature-deficit disorder which Richard Louv mentioned in the book.

In our bones we need the natural curves of hills, the scent of chaparral, the whisper of pines, the possibility of wildness.”  

”All spiritual life begins with a sense of wonder, and nature is a window into that wonder.

”Natural play strengthens children’s self-confidence and arouses their senses and awareness of the world, seen and unseen.

”Environment-based education produces student gains in social studies, science, language arts, and math; improves standardized test scores and grade-point averages; and develops skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making.

---- Richard Louv "Last Child in the Woods"      

 
 

01.Research


 
 

Secondary research

What is nature-deficit disorder?

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Digital devices, Urbanization, excessive pressure to study gives rise to the sedentary childhood. Richard Louv named it "Nature-deficit disorder." It does reduce some dangers to children, but other risks are heightened, including:

-Risks to physical and psychological health, with rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression ratio,

-Risks to the child's concept and perception of community,

-Risks to self-confidence and the ability to discern true danger—and beauty.

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Secondary Research

What is Forest Eduction?

Forest Education started from Denmark and became flourished in the worldwide. In the early age, Forest Education means locating the education context in the outdoor space such as forest, which enable children to have the intimated connection with nature. But now, forest education becomes a education concept which encourage children to be independent and collaborative instead of a specific setting.

 

stakeholder map

How many key stakeholder are involved ? What are the relationship among them?

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Primary Research

What is the relationship between human and nature?

 
 
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"We stretch body as the plants sprout, we work hard as the flourishing of flowers, we feel sadness as the leafs die away, we keep ourselves warm as the snow cover the earth..." 

 
 
 
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"In a year length, there are 24 solar terms, telling the story of seasons and biological clock. We, human is an integral part of the nature.  It is our Season Rhythm..."

 
 

02. Design Concept


 
 

Game Layout

There are two games for each season, expect winter. Winter is the time for the nature to store. In each game, it comes with the unique activity, tool and goal. Children will play the game follow teacher’s instruction.

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03. Design Development


 
 

Game Flow Design

Three are two games for each season, each one has a unique flow to achieve a goal.

 
 

game choice Design

 
 

game props Design

 

game props Display

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Scenarios Display

 
 

Conclusion

By collaborating with an educator I design the forest kindergarten activities ’Season Rhyme’. The project is oriented to early childhood education. It aimed at restoring the intimacy between children and nature, helping children build pro-natural affection, and creating a forest kindergarten model based on oriental philosophy. The whole research utilizes four research methodologies, Field survey, Interviews and questionnaires, Comparative study, and Tracking survey. It conducted research on the current conditions of Chinese kindergartens,  parents and teachers, the forest kindergartens in different countries and the coordination between season and humans. In terms of creativity, this project fills the blank of nature-based education in China, characterizes children education as a entire process of nature revolution , encouraging children to build the emotional connection with nature. The implement of combination of nature and education can 'nourish' children in both body health and mental health. The nature surroundings, such as the color of seasons, the scent of earth, can provide enough exercise content for children to stretch their bodies and activate their senses. The whole activities will help children cultivate their observation, attention and the sense of responsibility and humility, growing as a nature-intimated generation.