The Canadian company, Pathfinders Design and Technology designs and manufactures, in Taiwan, wooden science kits for educational and recreational use, based on the inventions of the brilliant Leonardo Da Vinci. They create 100% safe, environmentally friendly (made from recyclable materials, natural, untreated wood) and compelling, innovative, wooden science kits that challenge children of all ages to explore the link between art, science, design, and technology in the world around us.
Teachers make and use these Da Vinci wooden model kits in their classes, because they are both engaging and appropriate for both fun play and educational purposes. These models help the student integrate their understanding of math and science as well as historical principles.
For example, did you know that when Da Vinci invented this Tank model he made it so that the gears wouldn't work. This was purposely designed in that way so that if any enemy got hold of his notes and inventions, they would not be able to build his tank and use his own creating against him. Very clever Da Vinci! The wooden toy model, however, does work properly and can be played with or be modeled on your desk.
Skills: cognition, logic, 3D visualization, visual, hand-eye coordination, socialization, communication, teamwork, concentration, pattern recognition, creativity, fine motor, independence, tactile.
These make innovative products that take time to construct, work well, and look cool on the shelf. We hope you have fun building them and learning about their history. As always Play Together and Play Forever!
Written by Joanna Felemegos