Playful Pinball for
Open ended solo play filled with interactions, patterns, surprises, and creativity
Since Humans are instinctively curious...
Since curiosity is fueled by Dopamine's release in the pleasure center of the brain...
And since Dopamine's release is triggered by unpredictable events,
Then Unpredictability triggers fun!
OPEN ENDED PLAY
Allowing a kid to go where a kid wants to go when a kid is able to go is critical to development.
Move At Their Own Pace
Face Their Fears
Build Self Confidence
Create Their Own World
TO EAT OR NOT?
In 1972, a Stanford University study told 100 children, “Have one marshmallow now, or wait until the researcher returns and earn two.” 40 years later, the children who waited showed:
Less Drug or
CAN DESIGN HELP KIDS LEARN HOW TO WAIT?
THE FALLING MARBLE
Ideation to see how many ways a falling marble might exemplify chance, control, patience and mystery.
Elemental Growth: Establishing pieces and then exploring how they fit together.
ARRRR, YE MATEY
As I combined elements, a face began to appear. I plundered the idea, searching for the loot.
Using the eye patch to conceal outcomes became an easy rallying cry for the pirate face.
ALL HANDS HOY!
Time for the Mock Up Making to begin
"I'm trying to get the blue one."
– A young boy after 50 minutes of continuous, interaction, when asked, "What are you doing?"