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Wei-Ju Molly Chen (designer)
Anezka Sebek (thesis advisor)
Barbara Morris (thesis advisor)
Katherine Moriwaki (thesis advisor)
Louisa Campbell (thesis advisor)
Kan Yang Li (thesis advisor)




recyclePlay is designed to integrate teaching, learning and playing to engage preschoolers and kindergartners in the topic of recycling in a classroom setting. By interacting with the set of playful and visually appealing elements from the kit, children are encouraged to participate in the discussion and group activities. Children will have a fun experience during the lesson time while developing essential skills and concepts. They should learn the importance of recycling, recognize common recyclables, and be able to sort the objects based on properties. With adequate guidance from teachers, recyclePlay should succeed in combining audio and visual clues and body movement as an effective catalyst to stimulate children’s learning and achieve the educational goals.

The project is packaged as an educational kit which includes a sample lesson plan, interactive posters, a play rug, and physical elements. Distribution of the lesson plan and the designed objects are downloadable or available as images on the internet. Teachers can recreate the tangible set using the templates or project them digitally using smart boards or projectors.



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