It is a collection of little “toys” for kids to develop their emotional intelligence in order to help them express their feelings.The project is aimed at children and their families. It is meant to make healthier people capable of dealing with their own feelings from an early age by analysing the events of their lives.
The “toys” are represented by a family of Savannah animals made up of an elephant, a tiger, and a giraffe. Every animal is made with 4 emotions: fear, anger, sadness and happiness.
Here the child performs different activities with the help of their family in order to recognize the different emotions and to be able to identify them in his/her daily life.
Lucas, the tiger
Lucas the tiger, loves to having his house tidy, decorate the walls of his house with his drawings and writing long letters to relatives and friends who inhabit distant jungles.
JUANITO, THE ELEPHANT
Juanito the elephant, is very skilful with the hands. He loves crafts but his favourite game is building castles with leaves and wooden sticks.
LUISA, THE GIRAFFE
Luisa the giraffe, is a top athlete. Play football, baseball and run the100-metre sprints. He loves sports over everything else.
THE BOOK - WHAT DO YOU FEEL?
To complete the user experience of the toys, I designed a coloured book to join The Savannah family: Lucas the tiger, Juanito the elephant and Luisa the giraffe. Children can identify emotions with the faces of the animals and discover others new.
They can also colour their new friends and mix their faces to create new characters.
In the early stages of the project I was designing for kids, but I realised that these can also be applied for disable people.
I had the opportunity to test the project with a group of disabled people from ASPAPROS, a day care centre and residence for disabled people in Murcia, Spain, with Professor Marta Gomez de Valcarcel, Physiotherapist.
We included the toys in her occupational therapist with the crew. She usually works on emotional intelligence with the help of book “El emocionario” , which includes drawings about different emotions. In this case, we introduced The Savanna family and performed the same exercise as with the group of children between 4 and 6 years.