Sunday, November 05, 2006


I just spent a few hours explaining an upside-down pyramid on a T-shirt advertising some project management tool or service or other to my older (2 1/2 years) daughter, and after that, she seems to roughly understand the concept of a joke, and how mistakes can be funny. We looked at pictures of pyramids in Egypt and Mexico on Google and Flickr, and made some provisional travel plans.... ;-)

It struck me, though, that parents could really use targeted, educational T-shirts (EduTs).

I think I efficiently, and with little effort, learned to read and count early in my toddler years by watching Sesame Street and Five Ants are More than Four Elephants, and as a consequence, I've concluded that in-life learning experiences (by which I mean experiences that aren't really intended to be "an education" but just blend education into more regular experiences) are a great way for people who want to learn to learn.

Since kids spend a large part of their time looking at, observing, and emulating their parents, why not put some extra educational value onto their clothes, rather than largely inexplicable "abc's" as my daughter calls them, and other cryptic imagery.

I imagine you could put compact stories into single pictures, or cartoon-like sequences, or you could have interesting situations that would be food for discussion on topics that toddlers care about and could learn from. At the frivolous end, you could have my favorite submission for the all-time shortest story with a plot, suspense and other sophisticated literary attributes: "The elephant sat on the flea." ;-) Or, you could have the regular "A is for apple" or "barber, baby, bubbles and a bumble-bee" stuff. Many children's books are short enough anyway to only cover 4-10 pages, so why not put them on a T-shirt.

My daughter loves to boss me around and tell me to turn around, for example, so why not put parts of the story on the back, sleeves, inside, etc.? ;-)

So, here's my first EduT:

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