Chicago Playful Learning Installations
Early learning research drives play-based learning installations in three disadvantaged Chicago-area neighborhoods
Metropolitan Family Services partnered with Legat’s preK-12 team and Northwestern University developmental psychology researchers for educational sidewalk installations in three Chicago-area communities: Little Village, North Lawndale, and Aurora. The Playful Learning installations encourage critical thinking, reading, shape and pattern awareness, and math skills for children up to age seven.
- Math snake helps children associate groupings of numbers
- Letter scramble features vowels in blue and consonants in pink
- Math dragon uses “points” to encourage shape recognition and counting skills
- Life-sized ruler helps children understand measurements