ZigZag City Guides are travel guides for kids (ages 5 and up) designed to help children engage with their surroundings.
ZigZag City Guides was created to enrich the educational experience of travel for kids ages 5 and up. This project began as my graduate thesis project and now I want to make them available to kids. Each guide is a three-part kit that includes a deck of 20 city cards, a map and folder to hold a day's worth of cards. I researched, prototyped and tested the content in each guide.
Recognizing that there are virtually no travel guides for school-age children, ZigZag City Guides provides them with the educational resources they need to connect with the people and places they encounter. Inspired by early memories of traveling abroad as a child, I designed them to answer these questions: Beyond keeping them busy, how can we help kids truly engage in new places? How can we focus children’s fresh eyes on the world around them in a way that creates lasting memories and lifetime learnings?
The guides allow parents and kids to explore together, make learning fun and travel experiences stick. They're also a vehicle for learning at home and in a classroom setting.
During my research, I met with dozens of families and teachers to get feedback on prototypes and content. I wanted to be sure that the guides helped kids get excited about traveling with their family, encouraged them to learn about a culture unfamiliar to them, and provoked them to use their imagination while exploring.
One of the best things about this is that is not available in digital form. Parents want to be disconnected while on vacation — to spend time with the family, not with their technology.
Your backing will go toward the $6500 I need to print the first set of the ZigZag City Guide to Rome. Please note that the final pop-up map and other design elements may differ from prototype shown here.
**Update** The publisher of ABC City Guides has offered to send out a set of 5 ABC City Guides for Kids books to anyone who makes a pledge of $150 or more to help fund this project.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Illustrations by Jayde Cardinalli and Alana Zawojski.
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Nov 29, 2011 - Dec 29, 2011 (30 days)
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Because you believe in ZigZag City Guides and want to contribute to its success. Thank you!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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You will get a digital sample set of the ZigZag City Guide to Rome. This PDF includes 10 city cards to Rome and map to Vatican City.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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You will get your very own printed version of the ZigZag City Guide to Rome. This is a great way to support the project and get your own guide to use with kids or students at home or abroad. Please add a $5.50 charge for shipping to U.S. addresses and $13.50 for all International addresses.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $60 or more
You will get two printed sets of the ZigZag City Guide to Rome. This is a great way to support the project and getting your own guide to use with kids or students at home or abroad. Please add a $5.50 charge for shipping to U.S. addresses and $13.50 for all International addresses.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $150 or more
You will get three printed sets of the ZigZag City Guide to Rome and Zip, a stuffed bird with a velcro strap for kids to take photos with. This is a great way to support the project and get several guides to use with kids or students at home or abroad. Please add a $5.50 charge for shipping to U.S. addresses and $13.50 for all International addresses.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012