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Through our innovative approach, we strive to create nurturing environments where children are encouraged to explore, experiment, and take risks in a safe and supportive setting. We are committed to fostering a love of learning by integrating play-based activities that spark imagination, stimulate critical thinking, and promote holistic development across all domains.

The invention of Six Bricks

By 2012, a team from Hands on Technologies had already started working on an idea, that Brent Hutcheson had imagined, around using only Six DUPLO bricks.

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This basic set of six different coloured DUPLO 2x4-stud bricks is used to encourage children to construct and (more importantly) to deconstruct ideas and concepts whilst working on and developing their perceptual skills.

Six Bricks activities help to develop core learning skills – self-regulation; curiosity; creativity & playfulness – the foundation for all later learning, as children solve problems, understand themselves, others and the world around them.

The idea of using Six Bricks is based on a belief that children need to be exposed to perceptual (obtaining information from senses)-motor (learning to move with control and efficiency) experiences, which require them to use their brain and body together.

This is important for most classroom activities - as in writing, for example, where the child must know the alphabet and how words are formed by combining letters. The child must then transform this knowledge into action – gripping, stabilizing and moving the pencil. The child’s perceptual skill of sight will be used to adjust the movements to create the required pattern or shape. This example illustrates how the mind and body must work together.

Performing physical activities also build neural pathways and the more neural pathways the brain has, the easier it is to learn. Perceptual-motor skills are necessary and important in preparing the child’s brain for learning – they build that strong base to support future academic learning.

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