Proof of Concept
Following are some sample activities I have designed to provide a Proof of Concept about the kind of activities I would design for a Christian Website aimed at 3-5 year olds. These activities are in no way complete but rather snippets of what could be possible. I am not a Flash, Java or HTML-5 programmer so I do not at this time posses the skills required to develop the kind of interactive animation needed.
I created these proof of concept ideas using an application called SCRATCH which is an educational graphics and programming environment. It is an excellent program and I am teaching it to my 6 year old at this time. This is my project page there: http://scratch.mit.edu/users/righteous-servant . You can check out all the projects and download the program for free.
As mentioned, these activities are just snippets and not polished and complete and are limited by the graphics and programming ability of SCRATCH. When you view these, put them into the context of the whole website I am envisioning; refer to Poisson Rouge, my inspiration and guide for an excellent Christian website for 3-5 year olds. If you haven't checked out this excellent website yet, please do so before you read on and try my activities. It is important that you be able to put my ideas into a context such as Poisson Rouge.
Each activity has a Bible icon that directs you to a scripture or message related to the activity. In fully developed activities, there would also be sound files that would read the scripture as well as other words and letters found in various activities.
Please note also that all of these activities are 100% success activities.
The First 4 Proof of Concept Activities
This activity is a not so simple maze for young children to practice their mouse skills. It also introduces the familiar Trinity symbol.
This activity demonstrates the physical properties of light and shadow as well as paralleling a Biblical concept about the Lamb of God. (The code didn't render properly on this one for the upload so there are some strange things that happen in the shadow.) My 3 year old daughter repeatedly asks to play this one again and again.
This activity is just a fun painting activity and introduces the character of Joseph from the Bible.
This activity is a shape recognition and spelling activity. In use on the website, a spelling activity like this may be an additional part to a parent activity for Ruth. You would hear the letter names when you click on them and you would hear the whole word once it is finished.
I hope you like my ideas. Please comment.