A Game That Teaches Kids to Be Young Designers
Want your kid to think like a designer? Khandu, a new card game raising money on Kickstarter, aims to foster creative thinking in children ages 6 to 12 by making them do just that.
Created by Seven Thinkers, a Madrid-based design agency, Khandu's goal is to teach kids design thinking, a way of approaching problems and coming up with creative solutions by doing. One version of the process, for instance, has six steps: understand, observe, define, ideate (brainstorm), prototype, and test.
Each Khandu kit contains four decks of cards with prompts to help kids learn how design works, from coming up with an idea to creating a prototype. The four decks include 15 challenges for kids to complete, 35 tools that teach kids how to come up with ideas and create scale models of their designs, 10 "Khandus" (the characters who become the “users” that kids are designing their products or buildings or clothes for), and 10 action cards with suggestions that encourage kids to do things like “get visual” to complete their task.
The Seven Thinkers team worked with Scholas Occurentes, an educational organization launched by Pope Francis, to make sure the game was suitable for children. Eventually, they want to make a digital edition, too.
Khandu is selling on Kickstarter for $44 right now.
All images by Seven Thinkers.