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Observation, at the heart of our intelligence

Observation is the attention we pay to… phenomenons, events, beings to study them, watch them, to make decision and draw conclusions before acting. Sight is our first sense, and we use it everyday without even noticing, to act in the world, understand it, analyse it, and get some distance. Children are predisposed observers since their birth. But the increasing importance of screens and the frantic pace of everyday life tend to reduce our abilities to concentrate.

To what extent the observation capability serves as a foundation for the development of thought of your children?
How to help them appropriate this ability?

• Observation, at the heart of our intelligence •

Observation skills, a core element of thought

Observation is central to the development of many cognitive capacities:

To discover the world around by watching it. Young children learn by watching and reproducing what they see around themselves in their family, at school, at the house of friends… Their environment is their first knowledge base and contributes to the development of their logic.

To exercise their visual discrimination. It is essential for children to be able to visually discriminate forms, colors, numbers and words to understand instructions at school…and learn not to go fast before acting.

To activate memorization. Different types of memory exist: the olfactive memory, the sensory, the kinesthetic, the auditory. Even if each individual works with a different balance between these different types of memory – which explain why some of us are better able to learn a lesson by repeating it orally, or by reading it – visual persons represent the majority of the population with 65%. We better remember an information when we look at it carefully.

To be connected to one’s environment.. As with full consciousness, observation enables us to reaffirm our presence in the world. And for children, for whom everything is new, this capacity will help them to anchor knowledge and their ability to understand the surrounding world.

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Observation games

Since early childhood, kids exercise their observation capacity: the “Seek and Find” game remains the most popular. But other types exist too: the reproduction game (remake a structure identically), the “missing object” game (find an object lost in a decor). The ability to reproduce something is a natural stimulus for children, which keep them captivated and motivated. So, do not hesitate to let them explore freely.
This natural motivation has to be activated since the conception of the toy to help children concentrate and apply themselves. And this is achieved through full visual experience of course.
Our games were therefore designed to offer a real visual structure, inspired by architectural base, which increases the immersion. This architectural base is then enriched with graphic, poetic and humoristic details which will yield closer look at all the drawings for children.
The variety of games, enigmas we hide in our frontages (seek and find, wanted notice, game of the differences, pairs…) will therefore reinforce this precision, patience and observation effort.

We were very inspired by publishing, which always invested a lot in educational fields for children. By the way, we recommend you Dot magazine (for preschoolers) and  Anorak magazine (6-12 years old) which are small marvels in this field.

Dot magazine
Anorak magazine

Opposite to many toy brands who favors very simplistic shapes and colors, we chose to work on a strong sensorial diversity. Adaptation to children should not mean underestimating their abilities, but instead helping them discover all their wonderful skills.

Good observation ability will help children be agile: watching in details, assesing distances and danger. But also adapting to a group or unknown situation, understanding relations between people, and anticipating reactions. In a word, finding your place in society.

You are Fabulous

Children’s balanced development flows from observation of the outside world and oneself. Collected, digested and analysed information is the base of our motor and cognitive structuration and of our intelligence.  Observation is as useful in everyday life (anticipation of dangers, sociabilization) as in fundamental learning (memory, visual discrimination). That’s why it should be developed since childhood, do not hesitate to use games to make it easier and memorable!