WHY SHOULD SITTING HAVE TO BE BORING?
Tink Things considers sensory processing through different ways children interact with the environment to design fun & supportive furniture. It strives to help create a more dynamic, encouraging and enjoyable surroundings meant for all children.
Learning, thinking, creativity and intelligence are not only processes that take place in the brain. They include our entire body. From the earliest childhood, throughout growing up and adulthood - sensory and motor processes are crucial for development, learning and well being. Accompanied with positive emotional environment, they play a very important role in creating a nerve cell network that is the fundamental basis of growth and learning.
wHAT is sensory intelligence?
Our senses basically affect everything else in our minds and bodies. Sensory integration, defined as a neurological process that organizes our own senses and those of the environment so that we can effectively use our body, is a process directly related to our interaction with surroundings.
Sensory intelligence, or effective sensory processing, is the foundation of a child development. It entails a whole spectrum of processes that serve as building blocks for growth, development and overall learning. Adequate sensory processing is encouraged by sensory rich environments that are more dynamic and fun, but also work as a food for the brain. They help with emotional regulation and aid concentration & memory skills, as real learning always involves patterns of physical activity.
What about design?
Design is based solely on product functionality and ecology. After thorough research in the field of sensory integration and setting up a whole new design methodology based on children's sensory needs design guidelines ended up pretty specific. Requirements such as non fixed seating directed the shape of all the other chair elements. All pieces are designed to produce minimal waste and to enable flat pack shipping. Solid wood used is FSC certified, shaped by CNC machine and finished by hand, the same as aluminum. OEKO TEX certified 3D mesh fabric used for seating is highly durable, lasting and completely recyclable. The chairs are tested to European standards for strength, durability, safety and stability. All parts are manufactured and assembled in Europe, Croatia.
Both chairs come in two sizes: small (1-8 years) and big (6-13 years).
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Who is it for?
Mia is comfortable for everyone, and is especially enjoyable for children who are sensory sensitive.
What does it do?
The non-fixed fabric seat allows gentle rocking which helps with concentration, and acts calming by providing deep pressure soothing. If feeling overwhelmed, the child can pull up the „cocoon“ and partly isolate itself.
Who is it for?
What does it do?
Cufi is a worktable which, along with the MIA & IKA chairs creates a more fun sitting, learning & listening unit. Its adjustable tabletop offers shorter viewing angle needed for healthier body position during writing, drawing and reading. The panel also serves as a write & erase whiteboard, storage, a book stand or whatever you can think of.
Who is it for?
Ika is fun for everyone and it is helpful for children who are active and seem like they’re constantly moving.
What does it do?
It not only allows movement, but encourages constant rocking and bouncing, which has a positive influence on learning. Its swinging soft seat is fun for all children, but primarily made for boosting concentration and memory ability with kids who need a lot of stimulation in order to function well.
How to understand child’s sensory needs?
Children differ in their ability to process and respond to sensory stimuli within an environment while engaging in activities. One child may have difficulty sitting still during group time, while another may move little during free play outside. They react in different ways because each child integrates the information obtained through their senses from the environment differently. Every kid most likely fits in one or more neurological threshold personalities. They describe children’s brain tolerances and their ways of interacting with the environment, and serve as direct guidelines for Tink Things design. A lot of children generally process their daily sensory experiences and regulate their responses with ease, but will also react badly after spending some amount of time in unresponsive and static environment.
How is environment connected to growth & learning?
Learning, thinking, creativity and intelligence are not only the processes that take place in the brain. They include our entire body. From the earliest childhood, throughout growing up and adulthood - physical movement is crucial for development, learning and well being. Accompanied with positive emotional environment, movement plays a very important role in creating a nerve cell network that is the fundamental basis of learning.
What we know, feel, learn and think is shaped with how we know, feel, learn and think. This is again dependent on sensory and motor systems that mediate in all our experiences of the world that surrounds us. Those systems shape our experiences and at the same time they are shaped by them, which is why sensory and motor development is of crucial importance for learning.
"THINK OF SENSORY ENVIRONMENT AS a FOOD FOR THE BRAIN."
The problem that is secondary or invisible in childhood can represent a growing problem in child's further development, since the fine motor and mental processes can be developed based on good sensory processing only. Children with different difficulties usually manifest them in relation with their environment. For children with disabilities or those with sensory integration dysfunction, it is very important their daily surroundings meet their sensory needs. This includes the possibility of different stimulation or isolation from the stimuli within the space. "Sensorimotor stimulating environment is, however, encouraging to all, regardless of any difficulties." (Suzanne Gainsley, HighScope Early Childhood Specialist)
"Real learning is not only mental, because it represents more than just storing the data. Because the brain is informed by movement and sensory information, real learning results in highly charged sensory events. These are the moments of neural reorganization in which a person is free and ready to think in new ways. From the simple act of organizing muscles for sitting or walking, up to the more complex tasks of eyes & ears organization to hand writing — learning always involves patterns of physical activity." (Denisson, Paul E., Denisson Gail E., Brain Gym)
Sensory integration is a natural process. Sensory intelligent child intuitively meets his sensory needs through play and self-initiated, active interaction with space and objects surrounding him. A child who has difficulties only needs a subtle guidance from the adult. That is the only difference in using our sensory furniture.
Model of Sensory Processing (adapted from Winnie Dunn)
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