Kids Consult is an amazing consulting company founded by three girls, who are just a couple of years older than the target audience of the “Moebius Noodles” book. They review mathematics games, puzzles, books and other materials. Here is their review of three chapters from the book, and some of the changes that resulted.
Double Doodle Zoo
Snowflake Symmetry Demo
Is this meant to be for parents to read and kids to look at pictures, or is it for just parents or kids to read on their own? If this is only for parents, then you don’t need as many illustrations, do you?
Dear Kids Consult reviewers,
Thank you for the detailed and thorough review. It is very useful in our work. I will recommend your services to colleagues!
About Double Doodle, you wrote: “So, on this activity especially, though this applies to all, have more and more interesting variations” – we have variations inside light bulbs, which symbolize bright ideas (page 2) and the “blueprint” area that shows a few more ideas at the end (page 4). Retrospectively, I see that these ideas don’t necessarily take math to the next level of complexity, like some other chapters. Is it why you thought they were less interesting? Good catch; we will be checking all chapters for that now.
As you have seen, we don’t usually have visual instructions upfront. The layout of all chapters is:
Page 1 – inspiring big picture
Page 2 – short text description, mindmap of keywords, bright ideas
Page 3 – three ages and a picture representing them
Page 4 – blueprints for more ideas
Do you think we should move the basic visual instructions to Page 2 in the case of snowflakes?
The next iteration of the long sentence: “Use qualitative functions, that is, machines that work without numbers. How about a machine (good for babies and toddlers) that adds a sticker to each toy thrown into it? Or a machine that finds mommies for baby animals?”
Thank you. We are glad that the reviews were useful.
About the interesting variations, we were just making sure that parents would not think that those are the only possible ones that work.
We think that you should move the visual instructions to page 2 for the snowflakes.
So, is this for parents, kids, or both, to read and look at pictures?
We will play with the chapter layout to see how it works with instructions on page 2.
The idea is that parents will read the book, but kids will be nearby, looking at pictures and maybe discussing plans for games with parents. I picture a parent reading it, with a kid in the lap playing with something else (like a smartphone game) and looking at pictures occasionally.
Many parents are VERY SCARED of math. Pictures help them – they really do. Pictures are friendly and accessible. This was the goal here – therapy, if you will. People who aren’t scared of math will appreciate 3D modeling in the pictures, I think, so they won’t mind that being a picture book either. At least that’s the goal.