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Thesis Project by Mind Map: Thesis Project
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Thesis Project


Physical Computing



Wireless Communication


Smart Materials

Soft Circuits

Fabric PCBs


Inspired by the work of respected development/early education theorists Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson and Lev Vygotsky

Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences

Learning, Experiences, Senses, Touch, Sight, Hearing, Feedback, Action, Reaction, Repetition, Developmental Levels

Play, Make sense of the world around them, Development, Physical Coordination and skills, muscle control, balance, and coordination, Fine Motor Skills, small, precise thumb, finger, hand, and wrist movements, they support a host of other vital physical and mental skills, "Stacking blocks, for instance, involves not just picking up the blocks, but knowing what to do with them and planning out the action,", Filling Up and Dumping Out, Dressing and Undressing, Drawing and Scribbling, Stacking, Sorting, and Stringing, Poking and Pinching, Emotional Maturity, Social Skills, Interaction

Learning Through Play, Helping kids develop the habits of mind that they will need for future learning activities., Skills toddlers obtain through play, Following Directions, reinforces responsibility and self-help skills, Taking Turns and Sharing, exposure to both structured and unstructured play opportunities with other kids, Attention Span, the goal is for kids to learn to engage themselves in activity, Problem Solving, giving kids time and support to solve problems with increasing levels of independence, Persistence and Frustration Tolerance, They often want to do things their motor (especially fine motor) aren’t quite able to do yet.



Toddlers, Ages, 12-24 months, walks independently, pulls/carries toys while walking, stoops and gets back up, begins to run, kicks a ball, holds railing up/down stairs, walks backward, Physical Development Milestones/Fine Motor Skills, Most can..., Stack five or more blocks, Turn a doorknob, Hold crayons or pencils (but not as easily as an adult), Draw a horizontal line, Manipulate eating utensils (but not holding them the way an adult would), Suck through a straw, Remove shoes and socks, Work puzzles with knobs, May also..., Remove other clothes (without buttons), diaper, Scribble, Brush teeth (with help), Wash hands, Why?, Interaction, fascinated with objects and toys, They like to see what they can do with their hands and fingers, and what they can do with the object., Learning, introducing reading, language, and math skills in the toddler years may make school success come more easily to your child for years to come., Have a greater ability to acquire new skills and information than children who are 5, 6, or 7 years old, Activities, take out and put in, grasp, twist, and turn, open and shut, push and pull, fit together and pull apart, stack up and knock down, hide and find, pour, pound and hammer, crawl over, under, and through, roll, throw, and catch, balance and bounce, How?, Narration, They will know that they have your focused attention., language and thinking development, Visually, Alphabet letters, make the connection between spoken and written language., Repetition, process information, Physically, physical education is directly linked to academic education, different kinds of physical activities, this may enhance brain development, How Much Activity Is Enough?, at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity (adult-led), at least 60 minutes unstructured physical activity (free play), School Readiness Areas, Language and Literacy, listening skills, following directions, receptive vocabulary (listening and understanding), expressive vocabulary (speaking and communicating), book knowledge and appreciation, alphabet knowledge, early reading and early writing, Early Math, counting, sorting, seriation, shapes, time, Approaches to Learning, initiative, curiosity, learning about objects and events, engagement and persistence, goal setting and planning, reasoning, problem-solving


All children are natural learners; constantly absorbing new experiences in their everyday lives. Therefore the toys they play with, play an integral part in this learning process.



Modular, Dependent, Family/Community, Complexity, Interaction, Children, Devices, Independent, Interaction, Child


Structure, Geometry, Regular Polyhedron, whose faces are congruent (all alike) regular polygons which are assembled in the same way around each vertex, highly symmetrical, The nine regular polyhedra, Platonic solid, convex regular polyhedra, Tetrahedron, Cube, Octahedron, Dodecahedro, Icosahedron, Kepler-Poinsot polyhedra, Star Polyhedra, Small stellated dodecahedron, Great stellated dodecahedron, Great dodecahedron, Great icosahedron, 2D to 3D, Origami, Origametria, Using Origami as a Tool to Teach Geometry, Modular Units, Sonobe Unit, Created by Mitsubono Sonobe, endless variations of modular units by using different number of the basic unit

Toddlers begin to learn how to manipulate objects and how different things fit together

Toys that can be beneficial include puzzles and building blocks and ‘slotting' toys