[Activity 1] Childhood Objects


My lite bright! I remember playing with it, using the paper with the colors planned out and then making my own designs. When I wasn’t playing with the light box, the little pegs became jewels for a treasure hunt. This must have been late 70s very early 80’s. I was 6 or 7 I think. It was a holiday gift and I loved the lite bright.

I love color and painting and computers. Backlit screens bring an image to life today in some of my artwork. I still try to find ways to light up my paintings with color and light. I don’t often think about that toy, but oddly it was the first one that came to mind after reading the article. I do think about the other experiments I did with the pegs or colored paper or coloring books to try communicate the pictures I could imagine in my mind. I have kids of my own now and I watch them and their modes of communicating. I often wonder what will become meaningful to them. What they will remember when asked to think of a childhood object that was important?

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El objeto que mas influyo en mi infancia fue una muñeca, recuerdo bien fue un regalo de cumpleaños de 5 años, esta muñeca tenia dentro pequeña bocina que al moverla lloraba y sonaba
Mi curiosidad de saber como funcionaba me llevo a abrir la muñeca y sacar este pequeño circuito fue todo para mi.
El circuito estaba compuesto super sencilla: Bocina,un circuito integrado, una pila 2032, potenciometro y pulsador pero eso para mi fue todo.
Me encanto desde que lo vi, como esas “cositas juntas”–mi pensamiento de niña hacían que saliera sonido y nació mi amor mi profesión la Electrónica, los juguetes siguientes que tenían algún modulo electrónico todos fueron desarmados, mis primos escondían sus carros y controles para que no los desarmara.
Cuando no pude desarmar mas de mis juguetes entonces, empece con radios dañados y viejos que encontraba en casa o en casa de algún familiar.
Mi curiosidad y aprendizaje crecieron cuando para mi sorpresa mi primo de 6 años mayor a mi entro a estudiar perito en Electrónica en educación media.
Para cuando llegue a mi educación bachiller ya sabia que carrera quería estudiar , en que colegio y pues ya sabia muchos principios básico de la misma.
Esta ha sido mi profesión que aun desarrollo y ahora aun mas con tantas nuevas tecnologías que involucra.



My best memories are those shared with my sisters. Playing grocery store with cans and cereals boxes, invent magic soap with imaginary ingredients, pretend to be a teacher, build houses with blankets, singing songs, create story… Childhood is imagination !



I remember this globe that I used to play with when I was little. While playing with it may have been little more than reading and listening to the names of countries, I knew that with so many countries, there had to be even more people that were nothing like the people I know. I was able to imagine all the far off places I want to go to, as well as my own humbling place on this massive planetj.


This Nintendo Famicon was the object that influenced my interest. I really liked to play it so much and got interested in how games and CG are made. My parents then brought me someone to a kids programming class learning BASIC, and thereafter I got interested in computers and programming even more. That led to taking classes in high school in computing, which is something not common 20 yrs ago.

The programming thinking, i.e. logical thinking, breaking down problems into smaller pieces (modularise), debugging mind, etc. has greatly influenced how I solve problems today.



One of my favorite childhood objects was cardboard.
Right after a competition using cardboard to make children’s size cars, I became obsessed with cardboards and spent hours to play with them. It was less about what I made, but more about the fantasies I designed when I was working on those “projects”. It’s quite funny to think of how much mess I made back at that time, (special thanks to my parents, they were never mad at what I did) especially seeing cardboard actually made some great achievements at google cardboard and Nintendo Labo.


The ‘toy’ that stands out the most for me when I think back to being about 5 years old (as near to Kindergarten as I can remember!) was the book “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri. It was a Bancroft classic, a hardcover book, and I loved its weight and the feel of the dry, textured, thick pages. And I especially loved losing myself in the story, seeing the pictures in my head that I read on the page, putting myself into the story as an observer. I read that story over and over and over again. :slight_smile:


I found this activity quite difficult. My parents did not indulge their children with fancy and expensive toys. After much thought, I recall receiving wooden threading beads from my father. I remember sitting at his feet constructing designs with the different colors and shapes. I loved the feel and smell of the smooth and varnished wood. Today I enjoy the use of colour in my environment and encourage the use of patterning in my children’s creative work. I like to look for patterns in my own learning.


Monopoly,…It was a fun game but let me tell you it made me question the foundations of my very society growing up. As a child the lesson Monopoly taught me was the crazy reality of money and concepts.

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Boa noite,

Chamo-me Samanta Moura e sou professora do 1 ° ciclo do ensino básico.

E, como a criatividade aguça o engenho, o objetivo/jogo com maior impacto na minha infância foi um jogo, semelhante ao da imagem, onde tinha de contruir objetos, recorrendo a tubos plástico, a peças de encaixe com várias ligação e placas quadradas. Era possível construir diversos objetos: escadas, mesas, cadeiras, escorregas… em tamanho real. Foi, sem dúvida um jogo magnífico. Infelizmente, já não existe. Contudo, partilho uma foto, com um jogo semelhante.


I remember I played outside a lot when I was a child. I have two younger sisters and two friends in the neighborhood to play together. I remember I liked “playing house” with them. I had some plastic play house kitchen set and I loved the pink ones very much. I remember picking flowers, plants and seeds and pretended like they were food.



Hi all am really very happy to share my childhood object. My favorite object is carom board coins and chalk pieces.
In my home i had black board, i used to write an alphabets on the board and imagine like a teacher and i teach to my mom and dad. I use carom coins to make some shapes like square, circle, flowers etc…,


Hey Y’all.

My favourite childhood object was (and will always be) a toy construction set that was made by LEO MATTEL Toys. These blocks used to come in a bucket shaped containers and are similar to the Lego Duplo and Mega Bloks available today. Between the ages of 5 to 8, my favourite TV pastime was watching awesome cartoon shows (mostly anime) about giant robots - Mazinger, Danguard Ace, Gaiking, Grandizer etc. I was so fascinated by these mechanical marvels and those blocks helped me recreate these robots and their special features - like their vehicle modes, weapons, transformations etc. Take Danguard Ace for example, a giant robot that would also transform into a giant starship. Those blocks (and my imagination) helped me recreate my version of that robot and boy was it fun. Later on, I played with the Transformers toys, the Gundam ‘Gun Pla’ models and these days, I got LEGO blocks to play around and experiment with, but those LEO Mattel blocks helped expand my imagination back then. ’


I remember not being that into dolls, but as a girl I think I felt I had to have them if I wanted to play with other girls. There was one doll that someone gave me that stood out as clearly different - Dusty the Tennis Champion. She looked more like a real person and had a purpose. You hear a lot now about “if you see it, you can be it”. I did go on to play tennis and become a “raging feminist”. I don’t think Dusty planted the seeds, but she was a beacon of possibilities.



I can remember that, as soon as I could read and write, I used to have poetry notebooks, where I could play with words and themes and making constructions there were significant and challenging to me.
For example, I remember writing phoems in which each verse started with a different letter in alphabetic order, and/or exploring different rhymes’ styles (specially I started to learn what nouns, prounouns, verbs and other structures were).
Talking about it now, it is funny to realize how this personal experience made me much more interested in learn about poetry (in a school-structured approach) a few years later :slight_smile:


My childhood objects were all about stories. I chose two objects, but they are deeply connected.

#1 Comic books.
Almost every day on the way home from school my parents would buy me one. I had a huge collection. Then, going from comic books to books was just a matter of time. Reading has been a passion since my early years.

#2 Typewriter
As well, I can’t forget my dad’s typewriter.

I began playing with it even before I could write. At first, just to copy my dad. Then the noise was fun. Later, I put letters together without meaning. At last, I wrote stories on it.


My special childhood object is Sophie, mi first Barbie doll I received from Santa Claus when I was 6 years old.
I used to play Barbie’s every day with my sisters and we played for hours and hours. We had a world of Barbie’s, with supermarkets, schools and vacations. Each of my sisters had a Barbie’s family with many children and together we were cousins. This type of games made us create fictional stories that were related to the reality that we lived when we were young. It made us put in roles such as mothers, children, teachers, receptionists and drivers. I learned a lot playing with my older sisters creating (with our own hands) the houses and furniture of the dolls. I think those instances were key to boost my desire to teach children to learn while playing.
I still have Sophie, with her old dress, but beautiful as the first day.



I don’t think it has anything to do with toys being expensive, or even with being toys at all! On the last edition of this course I wrote about a small piano keyboard (halfway between a toy and an actual instrument) as my childhood object. But this time, as I kept thinking for more objects that inspired playful exploration in my childhood, I’ve been thinking about the most un-toy thing…

Kitchen knives! :hocho::hocho::hocho:

(or kitchen stuff in general, but it started with knives…)

Why so? My father always loved cooking, and instilled on us this love, allowing us in the kitchen and patiently teaching us to help him cook, to the extent that I learned to use knives from an age many parents would consider quite dangerous… :joy:

For me it was the kind of learning space I like to strive for, now as an adult: flexible, creative, meaningful, with experts and novices sharing a common activity… And it didn’t involve either toys, games or any learning-specific thing.

[Actividad 1] Objetos de la Infancia
[Wk 1 Activity] Childhood Objects

My childhood object would be my brothers Dragon 32 computer


My childhood object that sparked my curiosity was the original Nintendo Entertainment System. My mind couldn’t fathom how the games worked, how the controllers commanded the actions, and especially how the gun used for Duck Hunt worked when you aimed it at the TV. This brought forth my love of games and my interest in how they work. I hope to bring that same interest and passion to my students in helping them find creative outlets for their passions.