During the week I work as an educator at a pre-school service. During the past two years I tried to combine my skills as an artist with my work there and I came up with different kind of objects
and me and my boyfriend came up with these different products :)
"The biggest mistake of adults is underestimate childrens' abilities and think they have to carry out a specific activity the way we adults thought (in this case, recreate the puzzle).
If we actually stopped especting something from them, we'd see the great skills they have of reinventing, experiencing and learning, even if the situations are not strictly speaking educational, but just for the fun of trying something new (overlapping, placing objects in a row...).
These puzzles are beutiful and you offered little children the opportunity to have a different experience!
The puzzle, the really difficult ones, they can do when they'll be able to!"
This is not technically a puzzle.
It was inspired by Enzo Mari's famous "16 animali" puzzle.
This one is hand designed by me from scratch and hand cutted from a wood panel by my boyfriend.
It is a toy that can work with endless possibilities: yes, it's a puzzle (a difficult one), it can be used to show animals and learn their names, while experiencing the wood as a tactile material.
It can also work really well with older children (2/3yo) as an instrument for the "little word" game, which has a more symbolic feature.
And it can also work as a building blocks game (very versatile, so it can work for 3yo and older), to improve prediction of balance in objects and precise manual skills.
This year I experimented with wood and I created these puzzle for children.
These are made out of two 30x20cm panels of MDF (a kind of wood pressed that does not leave splinters and it's really durable). I then copy the drawig on top of one of the panel, hand cut it with a mechanical saw for precise cuts and then glue some of the panel parts together
After this I colour the drawing with professional watercolor pencils to get the not too saturated effect and the paint the hughlights and contours with acrilic pens.
After all this I spray a fixative to prevent the colours from fading.
This whole process takes me anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on how focused I am and how complex the drawing/cut is.