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ABOUT OUR PROJECT

Imagine gathering around the classroom, or at home, completely immersed in a story. Not by the glow of a screen, but the the sound of someone's voice. Using the power of your imagination, you are pulled into a completely different world, with the help of an audio player, bringing you stories and tales from a different place and time.

Here's a brief message from our playwright...

Little Thinker Adventures is a creative audio journey for children.

Their history dates to its origins as an incredible series on cassette tapes. Today, where we have surrounded ourselves by screens, there is a massive resurgence in sound. Podcasts have revived an art form that was thought to be lost. We want to use that magic to ignite the imagination of children, and make education more accessible, and fun. 

Original Little Thinker Package (1979)

We have brought back the highly successful, and incredible, cassette audio series of stories  called "Little Thinker Adventures." These were dearly loved when they were originally produced in the 1970s. The series ended in the 1980s... but is still a hit amongst young audiences. We felt compelled to keep the adventures alive, and negotiated the rights to sell the stories once again. We have been providing these adventures to a new generation for the past ten years. We are delighted that the Little Thinker stories  continue to inspire audiences all around the world today! Feedback from our customers has been phenomenal.

Through this Kickstarter, we want to bring a brand new title... produced by us, with fresh talent, to a whole new generation of children.

ABOUT LITTLE THINKER ADVENTURES

Originally, Little Thinker Adventures was a nineteen episode series on cassette tapes. In order to make them available again, we converted them to digital format. Each adventure is an hour long dramatized story.  Each presented a unique topic, or theme, to be explored, like The Sea, The Desert, Outer Space, and Dinosaurs. As each adventure progresses, there is a natural pause, every ten minutes or so, to allow young listeners to draw a picture of what they imagine is happening. The purpose was (and is) to encourage active listening, and creative drawing. The stories feature incredible voice actors, original music, and are truly a one-of-a-kind for children's education and entertainment.

This will be the first new episode in three decades!

ABOUT OUR NEW ADVENTURE: THINK ABOUT THE GARDEN

Think About the Garden (2019)

This project will enable us to create our very own adventure! The project will keep the spirit of the original 1970s stories... but we will usher it into 2019, with a brand new story, acting talent, and music, at the same time upgrading the technology to make the sound better than it has ever been.

As the distributors of the original series for a decade, we are so excited to bring new life to the Little Thinkers. We have carefully studied and surveyed our audience to hear what worked, what needed improvement, and what parents and teachers would want from a 2019 edition.

HOW IT WORKS

Imagine shrinking down to dirt-explorer size! Begin to imagine what animals we might see. They will meet and interact with characters like Timothy the Ant, a lady bug, an earth worm, and even talking flowers! As the animals tell us how they live, we use our imaginations to bring them to life in our thoughts.  Every once in a while, the story will pause, so the the Little Thinker can draw what they imagine is happening below ground. They can draw whatever fills their head.  

All this, and kids will be encouraged to move and sing along with the garden adventure.

When the adventure is over, they can show off their work to everyone in the family, and their friends. Your Little Thinker can listen to the story over and over again, drawing new picutures each time. 

 This combination of active listening and creative drawing is the power of any Little Thinker Adventure.  It is important to us, as we are part of a screen-obsessed generation, that has made us into "passive listeners." We want to create media that encourages "active listening."

BUDGET

With the funds raised, we can develop the script (now in draft form), create original music to accompany the adventure, hire acting talent, pay for recording and editing costs. (see budget below for details)

Here's how we envision funding our project:  

Amounts in YELLOW to be funded by Kickstarter Campaign

 Stretch goals will include funding those areas not highlighted and additional advertising costs.

WHY KICKSTARTER?

With your support, we can revive and expand, this amazing adventure series, and provide a new kind of experience for our kids.

We would absolutely love to partner with you to bring this idea to life! Like most Kickstarter projects, there are some rewards for those who lend their financial support. Please take a look at some of the cool things we have should you choose to help us.

Questions? Check out the FAQ

SUPPORT

Whether you support us financially or not, please take a moment to share our project description with your friends and family. Extending this story to the wides audience possible is only one of the ways to help it succeed.

REWARDS

There are many reward levels from which to choose. All the way up to the Big Kahuna reward, where you can designate your child (or even yourself!) to be a character in the new story. How cool is that? 

Risks and challenges

We understand that all projects come with a measure of risk and challenge. However, we think that the risk is on our side. To you, it's no risk, since we only get funded if we meet, or exceed, our goal. Oh, and we're not looking for the complete funding of the project (but if that happens, we'll be overjoyed). We've estimated that it will take about $16,500 to fully fund the project. Our Kickstarter goal is a modest $9500. We are willing to fund part of it ourselves, we believe in it that much. I've also included a list of stretch goals, that we'd fund, if we exceed our Kickstarter objective.

Looking ahead, we're fully prepared to meet our objectives. I have been working as the owner of Little Thinker Adventures for over ten years. I know the philosophy, the products, my customers, and the market very well. Personally, as a Grandpa (whose kids loved these adventures) and a retired management consultant, this project is also a passion for me. I'm not a newbie on Kickstarter, either. A few years ago I had a successful project developing a game that was sold in the Apple App Store for five years. I've engaged a topnotch playwright, to make sure the adventure is fun, entertaining, wholesome, and educational. She's a college professor - her specialty is theatrical directing. In addtion, she's a Mom with a young daughter, making her a perfect fit for her role. She understands what the goal is on both a professional level, and a personal level. (Please meet Jess Jung by watching our video at the top of our page)

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    Thank You!

    You’re an amazing person, and for your generosity not only will you receive a thank you letter from me for your support on the project but you will also get an MP3 Digital copy of the new title: “Think About the Garden”.

    Includes:
    • A personalized thank you letter from Jim Ettwein, the founder
    • Social media shout-out
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    Friends Zone!

    Thank you so much for getting us started. With your help, we’re one step closer to our goal. With this perk, you will receive a Certificate of Thanks (suitable for framing) and your choice of either an audio CD or Digital copy (MP3) of the new title: “Think About the Garden”

    Includes:
    • A personalized thank you letter from Jim Ettwein, the founder
    • Social media shout-out
    • Certificate of Thanks (suitable for framing)
    • MP3 digital copy of the new title: "Think About the Garden"
    • An audio CD of the new title: "Think About the Garden"
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    Send Me a T-Shirt!

    Who wouldn't want a t-shirt proclaiming their support of building kids’ imagination and creativity? Contribute at this level and we'll happily send you a T-shirt as our way of saying "THANKS!", as well as inscribing your name and commitment on the Little Thinker website.

    Includes:
    • Certificate of Thanks (suitable for framing)
    • MP3 digital copy of the new title: "Think About the Garden"
    • Social media shout-out
    • 5 titles from the Little Thinker set
    • Your name indelibly inscribed on our website as a supporter
    • An LT T-Shirt in your choice of adult or child size
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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Perfect Role Model!

    In addition to many of the prizes above, supporters pledging $250 will definitely be entitled to ten titles from the Little Thinkers set – including the new title: Think About the Garden, and 2 Little Thinker T-Shirts in your choice of size: one adult, one child.

    Includes:
    • Certificate of Thanks (suitable for framing)
    • Social media shout-out
    • Your name indelibly inscribed on our website as a supporter
    • Two LT T-Shirts, one adult, one child size
    • Your choice: 10 titles from the LT set
    • MP3 digital copy of the new title: "Think About the Garden"
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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Big Kahuna! Your kid in the story!

    Wow!
    You’re AMAZING. You can be assured that we really, really, really appreciate your bountiful support.
    We are totally grateful for this amazing act of generosity! We will highlight your special contribution, as an acknowledgement, at the start of the audio story, and we’ll also name a character after your child...this perk obviously also includes many of the previous perks.

    Includes:
    • Name a character after you, or your child! (QTY limited)
    • We'll highlight your special contribution in the story!
    • Your name indelibly inscribed on our website as a supporter
    • A full set of all 20 Little Thinker Adventures on CD and MP3
    • Two LT T-Shirts, one adult, one child size
    • Certificate of Thanks (suitable for framing)
    • Social media shout-out
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    Superfunder Reward

    I'm providing this reward to a good friend (or family member) to fund my project at a 4:1 ratio, based on accumulated contributions. Someone has stepped forward and offered to fund a significant portion of the project if KS can generate the rest. I'm excited about this potential supporter.

    Includes:
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    • Your name indelibly inscribed on our website as a supporter
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Funding period

- (30 days)