Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.
We often underestimate the ability of children to grasp complex concepts, dismissing play as a break from learning. Important cognitive and problem-solving skills can be developed through play. Based on our research into play- and inquiry-based learning in early childhood pedagogy, we identified three elements in our definition of play: People, Action, and Object.
Through OddBlocks, we aim to cultivate the play instinct in children and adults alike.
These peculiar play objects are made from granulated cork, a sustainable raw material that is naturally mould-resistant, soft, and light. Cork was selected as the material for its unique lightweight qualities, natural friction that allows for creative stacking possibilities, and most importantly, OddBlocks don't hurt or make loud noises when toppled.
Because they are odd, there is lesser resistance to have order in the way we play. Perhaps play for children should be as free-minded as this.
OddBlocks are indeed interactive and ingenious, definitely for anyone who enjoys some curious exploration with their hands and minds.
While most of the existing playing blocks are primarily modular geometric forms, OddBlocks seeks to enhance the playing experience with odd shapes that are derived from an underlying geometric system. Careful design consideration has been made to ensure that the blocks work harmoniously, and not simply random odd shapes.
OddBlocks comes in a box set containing 24 odd-shaped playing blocks, configurable into 8 different cubes.
Each cube measures 60mm (W) by 60mm (H) by 60mm (D).
Designed in Singapore. Made in Portugal.