WHAT IS NOODLE?
A print publication highlighting trailblazers whose work and traits children can learn from. The first issue features Leonardo da Vinci. Future issues will feature the likes of Steve Jobs, Grace Hopper, Marie Curie and more.
Each issue brings you:
- Inspirational stories from the trailblazer's life
- Practical lessons on creativity that children can use in their lives
- Activities that will get everyone reaching for their new notebook
WHAT YOU GET
1) Leonardo da Vinci Issue
2) A notebook to capture your ideas
3) MAKE 100 limited edition tote bag
LEONARDO DA VINCI ISSUE
Children will learn about:
- Leonardo’s incredible life and achievements as an artist, scientist and inventor
- Creative habits and traits that children can use to grow their creativity
- Activities inspired by what Leonardo actually did in his famous notebooks.
The activities in the book are designed to show children different ways to use notebooks.
START A NOTEWORTHY HABIT
You also get your own blank notebook. Why? Because creative people keep notebooks. We want children to start the habit.
The book and notebook are light and compact so children can read, write and draw anytime and anywhere. Whether they're waiting at a restaurant, the dentist, or going for a long car ride. They are also perfect for whenever your tablet or iPad runs out of batteries.
MAKE 100 >> CELEBRATE 500
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's life, we are making 100 limited edition tote bags. These canvas totes are heavy duty and a great way to carry your notebook and other supplies everywhere you go.
IDEAS BEHIND NOODLE
Using stories and examples from real life trailblazers, we want to show children that:
- Creativity is a learnable skill. There are creative habits, traits and mindsets we can develop.
- Creativity is rarely a flash of brilliance. Instead, it is the result of hard work, perseverance and often collaboration with others.
- Creativity is for everyone - scientists, artists, and everyone in between, and beyond.
Computer visionary, Alan Kay, once said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Our goal is to show children that they can invent their own futures.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (OR, HOW WE NAME DROP EXPERT SOURCES)
We really enjoyed Walter Isaacson's fascinating biography Leonardo da Vinci. It added a lot of color to Leonardo's amazing life.
For our research into creativity, the top 3 books we kept referring back to were:
- Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- Creativity Inc, by Ed Catmull (former President of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios) with Amy Wallace.
- Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant
The idea to use notebooks came from our original intention to start a writing program for children. The idea of a writer's notebook came from Guiding Readers and Writers by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. We also really liked William Zinsser's book Writing to Learn about the importance of writing in all areas, including science and math. Experts say one of the best ways to get children writing is to make writing materials available. We agree because it works with our children.
Going back to the very beginning, it was Derek Sivers’ highly readable book Anything You Want that inspired us to have the guts to try something new. And then it was Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art that gave us the fighting spirit to persevere.
Timothy Ferriss' books Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors provided us with lots of inspiration and guidance on how we shaped our product.
And finally, there were our children who were our first early adopters.
This Kickstarter is our first attempt to gauge interest in our project from a wider audience. We sincerely look forward to your feedback. And if things go well, we plan to roll out the next two issues which will feature Steve Jobs and Grace Hopper.
Carleigh and Ed, Co-creators of Noodle
Risks and challenges
We have the Leonardo da Vinci issue completed. We have a quote from the printer. We have the tote bag design ready and a quote for the costs.
With your support we're ready to go!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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