Pop-Up Templates

I made templates for each of the four scenes I created. I printed them off and cut & glued the pieces together by hand. The front and back cover was also created by hand. It takes a day to make one of the books!

This is the marker for the Doctor Panda first aid instruction video:

Once I publish my Junaio App, everyone will be able to print off this marker and scan the image with their device and watch the augmented reality I created ūüôā

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Exhibition Show

The exhibition was a great success and really fun! The show was held on the 14th June in the London Street Gallery in Derry/Londonderry. It will also be running from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th with free admission. (10am to 4pm) Come check it out!

Here’s a link to the London Street Gallery: http://www.londonstreetgallery.org/off-the-cuff.html

Here are some of the pictures I took of the exhibition:

 

Some close-ups of my origami pop-up book:

 

I covered a whole sofa with my stuff whilst getting my exhibition ready:

Doctor Panda First Aid Video

Have a look at my Doctor Panda First Aid instruction video for children to learn how to treat a cut with 3 simple steps:

Expeimenting Pop-Up Scene Size

I first made the pop-up scene with an A4 sheet, next I tried out an A3 sheet and also an A2 sheet, here are the results:

A3 Sheet РBrighter colour 

I also made the colours brighter to see how it would turn out. I like the ‘pop’ it gives, makes it more appealing to children.

 

 

A2 Sheet

 

 

 

Graphics Style Inspiration & Experimenting

At first I tried simple tree designs on illustrator and came up with these:

The designs are simple but I wasn’t happy with them, especially the colours, so I tried a different approach. But I did like the shapes for the tree bush as children aged 4-5 are learning about shapes and circles/squares/triangles are the basic shapes they learn.

I looked at many styles and I really liked the style below:

Vector Tree

It feels free and not constrained, simple, pretty and fun. I thought It was the perfect inspiration for my pop-up book and appealing to children.

Designs

I used Adobe Illustrator to create the shapes and I love how they turned out. I like the composition and use of basic shapes for children to relate to and learn from. Next I had to add colour and I wanted to use a pastel colour palette due to the research on children and colour effects.

I loved the colour choice and I added the squiggle style as influenced by the inspiration image above. One of my supervisors said it reminded them of the solar system.

I started putting the designs together in the format of my circle pop-up piece and using the simple tree shapes I illustrated before, I re-used them and change the colour and style. The clouds were influenced by the Powerpuff Girls style.

I knew I wanted to include a cute little colourful fence so I illustrated the outside lines and coloured them in using Photoshop to experiment and decide on a final palette. I decided to go with the rainbow colours, again teaching children the basics of what they learn during Primary 1. I thought It would be more cute and appealing by making the fence have little animals on them.  

Next I added in the grass and I also included faded out trees in the background to add more depth.

I put the grass and fence on¬†at the same time to see if they would work well together along with the trees. The fence will be a pop-up piece so it won’t be printed on the background.

  I created tree branches to stick onto either sides of the pop-up piece as one of my pop-ups. This piece is important as one of the cube extras will be interacting with it. I designed some bushes too which are pop-ups too.

Final Design Template

I included glue tabs to ensure enough space is provided for the glue and strength to stay in place.

2nd Scenario – Treating a Burn

My main character for this scenario will be Fireman Chicky/Chick to teach the children how to treat a burn. (Baby chick image from Chicks in Hats).

Cute Baby Chicken
Kitchens are a prime area for young children to get burned, either while trying to help cook or coming in contact with appliances that are still hot. They may accidentally spill a cup of hot tea or be too close to a lit fireplace. Young children are curious, small, and have sensitive skin that needs extra protection.

It is a good idea to teach children what to do in a situation when they or someone else accidentally burn themselves, so they can do what is necessary as soon as possible before the burn gets worse.

Spilled Coffee

What I have in mind for this scenario is for the main character, Fireman Chicky, to explain the situation of a child being burnt from a cup of coffee and what do to. An animation in the background, which interacts with the pop-ups, will play using AR from Junaio. I haven’t figured out the storyboard yet as I am working out the 4 scenarios to help me with the textures of each of my characters and the extra plain cube characters in the background.

3 Step Lesson

  1. Check – Make sure the area is safe, move away from the danger i.e. the spilled hot cup of coffee
  2. Care РPut the affected area under cold running water for at least 10 minutes and dry carefully  (apply cling film if possible)
  3. Call – Tell an adult and if it is really bad, call 999

Cooling a Burn

I need to ask First Aid Aware about the steps and make sure they are correct. The cling film may be a step too far as the child may not be able to access them as they are high up, they could be tricky to use and there may be sharp edges (used to tear the cling film) which would be dangerous.

On my 999 scenario the steps were Check, Call and Care, which may be confusing for the burn accident as Care comes before Call. I think I need to think about how to phrase the steps to not confuse the children.

Animation

What I imagine to happen in the animation is two little cube characters (extras) playing in a room (kitchen/sitting room?) and one bumps into the table and spills the cup of coffee. The little cube gets in contact with the hot coffee and is crying and upset. The other cube knows what to do and Fireman Chicky is narrating what to do in this situation. The cube moves themself and the other cube away from the danger, runs the burn area under cooling water and tells and adult. If the burn is very bad they will call 999.

999 Emergency Situation

I’ve been researching when you should call 999 and I’m not really sure what emergency situation I should show the children. The children will be aged¬†between 4-5 and there would be a limit to¬†what they understand and what they can handle at such a young age so I need to consider the situation carefully.

Here are some examples of when to call 999:

Always call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk.

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Severe loss of blood
  • Severe burns or scalds
  • Choking
  • Fitting or concussion
  • Downing
  • Severe allergic reactions

But what should I demonstrate? I know I will already be having my other scenarios based on a nose bleed, taking care of a cut/graze and treating a burn so that helps narrow the situation down.

I think I will go for unconsciousness and tell the children to check if the person is unresponsive, and if not, they should get help from an adult and call 999 for an ambulance.

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The Situation

To be precise I would first teach the children to make sure the area is safe for the child and the unconcious person. (Check) Then tell them to talk to the person and touch them to see if they are responsive. If the person is not then they need to get healp from an adult and call 999. (Call) To call 999 they need to use their house phone, pick up the receiver and press 999. If there is no house phone for whatever reason they should use a mobile phone. An operator will answer the phone and ask questions such as what is their full name, where they are, what the situation is and the operator will be able to know they need to sent out an ambulance. The last step for the child is to stay with the unconcious person till the ambulance arrives. (Care)

Three C's Of First Aid

I think naming the 3 steps Check, Call and Care will be suitable and I will just have the main character explaining what they mean by each step.

Toy Store Cardboard Box Augmented Reality

Can kids have fun with something free and with no instructions?

I came across this interesting concept of opening up a cardboard toy shop were the children can choose a piece of cardboard and be creative and imaginative as they want with it.

There was a separate¬†room for the children to do arts and crafts and even had an augmented reality station, where kids can hold up their boxes with a QR code to the computer screen, and it will turn that box into a toy. Just a little help to get kids’ imaginations going.

Check it out and see the happy kids!

Mummy Bunny First Aid Scenario

The first scenario¬†will deal with how to dial 999 and when to call the emergency services by providing an example of an emergency. I’ve been looking into this topic and I have found out a lot of things.

999 Emergency Services

Why should children learn to dial 999?

A mother was having an anaphylactic shock and her 2 1/2 year old daughter dialed 999 and managed to state her full name, age and address to the operator. This is pretty amazing right? Your never to young to learn to learn first aid. You can find all the information on the following link: http://www.therealsupermumblog.com/2011/04/teach-children-basic-emergency-response/

Statistics have shown, children aged 4-5 can learn basic first aid including dialing 999 in an emergency situation. Not many children know how to do this and if they do, they may not know what situation is an ’emergency’ and dial the number when not necessary. It is important to be clear to the children what kind of¬†situation is an emergency and requires them to dial 999. A child’s concept of ’emergency’ can be different from an adults so letting the child know that losing their toy or dialing 999 as a joke is not an emergency. It’s important that children know they should call 999 in the above circumstances if there are no adults around, their call could save a person’s life.

The 3 Step Simple Lesson

I can’t overcomplicated this lesson for the children as the maximum steps I can teach children aged 4-5 is up to 3. So, to teach how and when the child should dial 999, I will provide them with 3 easy to follow steps which cover the basics.

An example of the 3 steps could be:

The 3 C’s of First Aid

  1. (Check) Make sure the area is safe for you and the injured person
  2. (Call) Tell and adult and call 999
  3. (Care) Stay and comfort the injured person

Step 1 Check

These will be the 3 key steps but for each one I will include a little more detail to explain what the steps mean. For this scenario I could play out an emergency situation and explain the hazards to watch out for and if the coast is clear they move onto the next step. The child needs to understand that they are safe before continuing onto the next step.

Step 2 Call

If an adult is present the child can call for their aid first. However, if no adult is nearby, the child will dial 999 in an emergency. But it isn’t as simple as that as the child needs to know what to do after dialling 999. In a medical emergency the child will be asked to supply information to the operator such as their full name, address, the emergency situation etc. This will help prepare the child on what to expect and boost their confidence as they know what to do. This also gives the operator enough information on what emergency service to provide (fire brigade, police or ambulance).

It is most ideal for the child to use a house phone to dial 999 rather than a mobile phone as the Emergency Services automatically receive the phone number, address and household name of the caller so they are able to trace calls without having to rely on information given to them by the caller, which is particularly useful in the case of a child who is unable to remember or communicate such vital details to the operator. But if they are not able to use the house phone for whatever reason, it’s important children realise they can use a mobile phone if necessary.

999 Emergency Services

More Advice for Children

To help the ambulance or fire service understand where you are and what has happened, speak as clearly and calmly as you can. Try not to rush your words or the operator won’t be able to understand you.

Don’t hang up until the operator tells you to. The operator needs to have all the info they need to get to you a quickly as possible.

step 3 Care

The last step is to ensure the comfort and safety of both the injured person and the child and keep the situation under control whilst they wait for the emergency services.

Final Thoughts

I will finalise the steps and information when I research the terminology that the children will understand and the amount of sentences I can use per animation for the first aid scenarios.

What is First Aid and Why is it Important?

First aid is: help given to a person who has been hurt or is suddenly taken ill. First aid is the steps you can take before a person gets expert medical help. First aid can sometimes save a person’s life, but more often it is help given in an everyday accident or illness.

First Aid includes:

  1. Staying safe yourself
  2. Looking out for danger
  3. Helping someone feel better and stay calm.
  4. Getting help – either by telling an adult or phoning 999.

My 4 lessons for children

I think for the 4 lessons included in my project I will have lessons on the following:

  1. Staying Safe
  2. Getting help from an adult or dialling 999
  3. Treating a burn
  4. Treating a cut/graze

Each of the scenarios will have three simple steps for the children to follow. I will provide the children with a fun assessment activity sheet to recap the lesson and make sure they understand what was taught.

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