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Toy of the week: Da Vinci Models

You may recognize Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the most creative and brilliant minds of the Italian Renaissance, from his famous paintings of the Last Supper or the Mona Lisa. But he was not only a very talented artist, he was also a scientist, mathematician, inventor, musician, writer, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer. In addition to all of this, he also studied anatomy, botany, geology, zoology, hydraulics, aeronautics and physics. His notebooks reveal scientific and mechanical inventions that were centuries ahead of his time. Da Vinci studied the laws of science and observed nature with an open mind, which greatly influenced his work. His wild imagination led him to invent, at least on paper, creations such as the bicycle, the helicopter, a tank and an airplane (ornithopter) based on the physiology and flying capability of a bat. His drawings, paintings and other works have influenced countless intellectuals over the centuries.

 

 

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.

 

 

Ages: 8+

Skills: cognition, logic, 3D visualization, visual, hand-eye coordination, socialization, communication, teamwork, concentration, pattern recognition, creativity, fine motor, independence, tactile.

Price: 15-35$

 

 

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

 

 

 



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