Play often involves some aspect of rebellion – doing things just slightly different than before, mixing things up.
That is very apparent in this interview with Luisa Cortesao from Portugal, who became a graffiti artist later in life and ran workshops for her peers.
One joy of having kids in your life – whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, or a friend – is that you get to see the world through their new experiences, you get to see things for the first time again. The world is a brand new laboratory of discovery.
With this spirit of exploration and adventure in mind, I love this photo series trying to capture what it feels like to be doing things for the first time. For a kid it must feel like being an astronaut landing on the moon. As grown-ups we must not lose that love of adventure and re-discovery.
It may be cliché to say that one of the greatest joys of becoming a parent is getting to watch your child experience the world for the first time. But it’s absolutely true. That first step, the first taste of ice cream, the first trip to the ocean — it’s unbelievable to see how kids test out new experiences and react to them in this chaotic and exciting world. Photographer Aaron Sheldon takes this time of exploration personally with a photo series featuring his four year-old son, entitled Small Steps Are Giant Leaps. The photos, which show the little astronaut in a variety of different scenarios, remind all of us of how, in the words of Sheldon, kids are “exploring new frontiers. Our job as parents is to act as their mission control and co-pilot to make sure they can explore as much of their new world as possible.”
Read more about Aaron Sheldon’s adventures at: Father and his astronaut son boldly explore life’s daily adventures in Small Steps are Giant Leaps | Inhabitots
This is a great idea to see this kind of project given to adults to let them explore ideas and design.
I recently led a fun maker station for the California Museum Association’s (CAM) annual conference that we called the Mystery Box Challenge. While we often share child-led projects here on TinkerLab, the participants in this challenge were all all museum professionals. To see how my children interpreted the same prompt, click here. This project was inspired by the Art Studio at the Boston Children’s Museum.
For the Mystery Box Challenge, I prepared a bunch of boxes by filling them with all sorts of interesting found objects and trinkets: pieces of wood, surplus plastic, cupcake holders, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, etc. Each participant received their own box with a prompt to make a critter from any or all of the supplies in the box.I found the boxes at the craft store, some of the supplies came from RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching, a non-profit that sells low cost surplus materials for education), and others were found at the craft store and a local party store. We were also lucky to receive a generous donation of low heat glue guns and glue sticks from Blick Art Materials.
More at: Recycled Art Sculpture | Mystery Box Challenge – TinkerLab
I truly appreciate the important social and emotional value of stopping to think and talk with people, especially over food. The habit/ritual of fika I think is an important one of mindful breaks and letting your brain unwind, something both introverts and extroverts can appreciate.
It’s so much more than an opportunity to consume caffeine. It’s a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life. As explained in “Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break,” written by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall: “Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. You can do it alone, you can do it with friends. You can do it at home, in a park or at work. But the essential thing is that you do it, that you make time to take a break: that’s what fika is all about.”
more at: Why we should all embrace fika, the Swedish coffee break : TreeHugger
More excellent conversation about how we as citizens of a place can change how we view a place, via how we map it and travel through it.
By the most brutal logic, maps exist to get you from point A to point B. Navigation tools like Google Maps prioritize efficiency, generating routes that cater to a presumed preference for speed.In a sense, they’re not wrong; time is a diminishing commodity. But by sticking only to the fastest paths through a city, you miss the very things about it that might incite you to slow down and notice what’s around you.Which is exactly what the Likeways app, launched last month, wants users to do. Developed by Martin Traunmueller, a PhD candidate at University College London’s Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities, Likeways reclaims urban walking from the realm of necessary drudgery and frames it as an enjoyable activity in and of itself. Traunmueller’s work has taken him from his home in Austria to all over the world; whenever he arrives in a new place, he explores. His aimless wandering through London led him to what his now his favorite coffee shop; in much the same way, he discovered a secret garden in the backyard of an old factory building in London’s tech hub of Shoreditch.
Read the full article: The Likeways App Encourages Users to Walk Around and Discover Their City – CityLab
I think it is a great activist approach to promoting healthy behaviors in a playful way. I’m also thrilled to see that there is a huge demand for this playful kind of sign creation and development, and Tomasulo has been able to turn it into a business.
The signs, the brainchild of then-graduate student Matt Tomasulo, were meant to help people think differently about distances in the city, and to encourage them to get out of their cars and explore the place under their own power.When it debuted in 2012, the project drew international notice and received lots of favorable press coverage, including here on CityLab. It also got the attention of Raleigh’s city government, which eventually took the signs down for violating local ordinances. But the city’s planning director was a fan of the concept behind Tomasulo’s action, and soon they reached a compromise. The signs went back up, with the blessing of the city, as a pilot education project.
More at the source: The Knight Foundation Is Funding a Large-Scale Expansion of Raleigh’s ‘Guerrilla’ Wayfinding Signs – CityLab
I think this kind of placemaking and wayfinding is great, as it promotes the landmarks in a city and promotes walking. I think it would be a great opportunity for actual cities to order these, even for temporary things like festivals or during a longer tourist season.