Not much can be said about the Original LegoLand series because of the lack of stories written during the period of 1995 to 1999 due to having no computer and the fact it was role-played by toys which makes this series rather special compared to any other story I have made. The tales of King Lion, Wizard, Bill, Ben, Percy Cyber and Iron Hook and more have it’s own legacy based on how it inspired me to go with many more stories in the future. The idea of having many characters in the series happened again ten years later in Chisoutsa: The City of Demons in 2005 and the idea of Universe portals was introduced in the series too. Exploring the ideas of castle knights, time travel, space adventures and more it seemed like LegoLand to me was a test run of things for my future stories. It’s still the story that has the most amount of genres packed together and only The Author’s War (2014) is the only story that features the amount of characters from different genres. Read more
Here at Chris Ticehurst Creativity I decided to put on my Educator hat and set to solve a problem at my Childcare Educational Centre with my own creative twist solution. As Educators know most children don’t tend to know or wash their hands properly. Sometimes moving between routines is a period of children rushing into the bathroom and quickly washing their hands because they want to get their lunch, morning or afternoon tea. Sometimes it’s our fault for the pressures of sticking to the routine and trying to keep to the clock in terms of “If we are late for lunch, we are late for sleep/rest time, and then we are late for everything” and you know the daily routine starts to fall down and the stress builds up for educators. Some children between the ages of 2 to 5 might know some words but some might not able to understand short to full sentences yet. So I contact my artist of many years DJNY and set out on a unique task to make something that was educational and cool for the children. There were some simple but effective guidelines that I used to make this educational art piece with him.
1. Following the Wash Your Hands Step by Step (All the Steps) – We had to include all the steps that we needed to show children how it’s done and I don’t mean the rushed version that most of us do when we are at home or out on the town in a dirty public toilet bathroom. You gotta show each step with washing the front of the hands and more rare the back of your hands and in between the fingers. Showing each step was a requirement of the art project. It had to shown clearly and bright way.
2. Show it, Don’t tell it – It’s a rule in writing stories that you show things in visual and descriptions and not dialog all the way through and that’s a important part that I wanted to do. Some words are key and that’s great but I felt when Educators aren’t around to point what the words meant or to explain things when there is a dozen children packed in a bathroom trying to wash their hands, showing visuals seems to be more effective.
3. It HAS to be appealing and cool – This is the area where I feel it where Educators might not think of at times. It’s also the area that is just not there at all. It has to be interesting, appealing, and cool to children. It has to be eye catching like a toy to children to draw their attention and to get to listen or watch something. Some places use words, photos of children doing the steps, or illustrations found online and they can be quite effective. What I wanted to do and achieve was bring all the steps together in a appealing way. Using a Chibi style of manga here has a cuteness appeal that would attract the attention of younger children and spark the interest of pre-school children. Bright, colorful, and educational wrapped into one art piece.
This would have to be the most interesting art work design project that myself and my artist DJNY has done together in the five years we have been working together. An Australian Childcare Educator and a Thailand Manga Artist working on a Educational Art Piece is a bizarre combo but I feel we might have pulled off something special here. I wanted to design something that was educational, visually appealing, and something that most ages could understand with even some cues and pointing out in class using the bigger A3 design I have here.
So if you would like to test this out with your own school, Childcare Educational Centre, or even at home than you can download either or both the A3 and A4 is here to download. Remember Knowledge sharing is Educational caring. There are two sizes based on the size of your bathroom to pin it up on the wall and the A3 is helpful as a larger size to show in front of your whole class.