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Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid

Early learning and literacy
Playground equipment supported by learning materials and story reading app.

Little Mermaid playground equipment is based on the fairy tale by H.C. Andersen. The equipment has plenty of functionalities and movable elements all themed to the world of the fairy tale. The story themed playground equipment are supported by free play- and learn apps developed by KOMPAN. KOMPAN also offers lesson plans and learning materials for learning literacy skills. The lessons have playfull activities, where the children can explore the playground equipment and practice alphabets, writing and storytelling.

Age groups 
Not required
Offline play 
Playable offline
Educational Quality
Learning Goals

The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.

The lesson plans are built around the Little Mermaid fairy tale. The students will listen to the story and then do assignments and activities based on that. The activities allow children to be active and involve creative storytelling.
The lesson activities allow the children to practice reading and writing skills they have learned in the playfull and story-based setting.
The teacher can pick activities they see fit in any order they like or do them in the suggested order. The Little Mermaid playground equipment also supports free play.
The lesson plan activities are designed for the whole group to do together. Most of them still required children to create individual solutions.

The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.

The lesson plans are clear and easy to read.
The content is varied and interesting and supports the linguistic development of the children. Little Mermaid -story provides an interesting context for all assignments.
Great combination of a read-along app, physical play setting and educator resources all supporting the same imaginative and creative play driven skill and interaction development.

The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.

Subject based learning goals

Lapset oppivat tuottamaan ja tulkitsemaan erilaisia viestejä.
Lapset tutustuvat erilaisiin tieto- ja viestintäteknologisiin välineisiin, sovelluksiin ja peleihin.

Soft skills learning goals

Practicing strategic thinking
Learning to understand the meaning of rules, contracts and trust
Practicing to express own thoughts and feelings
Learning the basics of spelling
Practicing letters, alphabets and written language
Practicing fine motor skills
Practicing categorization and classification
Practicing to observe spoken and written language
Practising visual recognition
Practicing creative thinking
Practicing to improvise
Encouraging students to be innovative and express new ideas
Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
Developing problem solving skills
Practicing to create questions and make justifiable arguments based on observations
Learning to face failures and disappointments
Practicing to recognize and express feelings
Encouraging the growth of positive self-image
Practicing to notice causal connections
Learning to build information on top of previously learned
Encouraging to build new information and visions
Learning to combine information to find new innovations
Practicing to work with others
Enabling the growth of positive self-image
Learning to notice causal connections

The Finnish Educational Quality Certificate

Our Quality Evaluation Method is an academically sound approach to evaluating a product’s pedagogical design from the viewpoint of educational psychology.

The method has been developed with university researchers and all evaluators are carefully selected Finnish teachers with a master's degree in education.

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