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1. Kids2Talk Transnational Meeting in Stuttgart

Project partners met January 24-28, 2008 in Stuttgart, Germany to develop first draft ideas for toys which support young children age 3-7 in their linguistic development. The toys will take into account latest trends within the European toy industry and will as well pay attention to special needs within the educational systems in Austria, Germany, Greece and Romania.

 

Commercial use of Kids2Talk?

Kids2Talk project products may be produced in larger numbers. Professional toy producers are interested in acquiring a license to produce and distribute the products. May kindergartens have a lack of toys and materials to support children with multilingual skills. Often teachers and tutors are in need of such materials but do not have the time to develop such toys on their own. Kids2Talk products help them to support their children to improve the multilingual language skills.

All Kids2Talk products were presented at various trade fares. Interest in these new products was enormous. The Kids2Talk project consortium currently is preparing contracts for the commercial use and distribution of all products in form of license agreements. A distribution system directly operated by the Kids2Talk consortium could not be installed due to a lack of logistic support. Thus distribution with the help of a professional mailorder service seems to be most appropriate. Project partners met with some potential partners to discuss further details.

Last Updated (Friday, 08 January 2010 07:58)

 

Early childhood language support helps multilingual children

Support at an early stage for children with multilingual background helps to improve children’s skills in speaking different languages. A playful and fun environment helps children to explore different languages. Bilingual children automatically take note of differences and common items between two languages. Natural intuition helps children improving their vocabulary. Intonation and varying speeds of languages no longer come as a problem for children. Kids2Talk games help children to “play with languages” in order to passively improve their skills.

Kids2Talk games support language skills of children between 3 and 6 years of age. Some games were developed for younger children 3 to 4 years old, other games are for older children up to six years. Simple wooden toys and table toys challenge children’s imagination and linguistic creativity. Games using CD-ROMs, a puzzle with a barcode scanner and a huge map of Europe help children to explore the variety of languages in Europe. Children may listen to fairy tales, are invited to prepare a “language salad”, have to sort out a mix-up of words in a phrase and have to compare phrases in various languages.

 

Last Updated (Friday, 08 January 2010 07:57)

 

Made for children and in respect of nature

All Kids2Talk project products are made of environment friendly materials. All colors, textures and print products are free of toxic colors and other allergy causing components. All fabrics, puppets and smaller wooden toys may be washed. Print products and all other materials are water resistant and easy to clean. Edges were refined in order to prevent any cuts or accidents.

“Spielzeugschachtel” from Salzburg, the Austrian partner, monitored the entire production process in order to ensure quality standards. All EU regulations for toys were applied and all products are certified as “safe toys”. Some materials were directly produced in local handicraft stores using natural local raw materials. Other games used existing toy and game products and altered them for the specific use with the Kids2Talk project. Producers of professional toys and games were involved into the production process in to order prepare pathways for a later commercial use of all project products.

 

Last Updated (Friday, 08 January 2010 07:58)

 

Kids2Talk at trade fares and conferences

More than 30.000 visitors enjoyed Kids2Talk games at the „Salzburgern Spieletage“ in 2008 and 2009. They all had a chance to test the games and their feedback was very valuable for the refinement of all materials. At the Nuremberg Toy Fare Kids2Talk was presented during various conferences and expert meetings. Commercial producers of toys and distributors of games and toys for children received product samples respecting copyright regulations and trademark restrictions.

In Stuttgart Kids2Talk was on presentation at the Didacta Learning Fare. Some electronic games from the Kids2Talk programme were presented at the Lerntec Conference in Karlsruhe. In Greece, Romania and Germany project partners attended several conferences and meetings on multilingual education and didactic development for early childhood multilingual education at schools and kindergartens.

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Last Updated (Tuesday, 12 January 2010 09:39)

 

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