We learned a lot during our first crowdfunding campaign. And now that it's over, it is time to re-assess our plans. Although we fell shy of our fundraising goal we continue to work on developing the game-based learning activities for kids ... it just might take us more time to develop all six of the games we have in mind!
Even though it's summer-time we're getting ready for a huge 4-town community beach clean up and expect 700+ people on September 22 which is part of International Coastal Clean Up Day. So we're a little busy here in Spain! But we wanted to touch base with our incredible donors and thought it might be fun to share with you a teaser for one of our games that is in development!
Most people have played a game known as Concentraion aka The Memory Game. If you've never played it here's how it works. The object of the game is to gather the most cards by matching them in pairs. All the cards are dealt out, face down. Each player turns up two cards. If they match, they are removed as a pair and the player repeats the task until the select two cards that don't match. Play moves on to the next player until all the cards are gone. The winner is the person who collects the most pairs. Sounds simple, right?
Because Playa Patrol is working hard to develop amazing Young Ocean Guardians our game will focus on educating players about the harm that single-use plastic has on marine life. For example: a card with CHEWING GUM (which is made of synthetic rubber aka just a fancy word for plastic) will match a card with the same image and include a fun fact i.e. DID YOU KNOW that 100,000 tons of chewing gum is discarded annually. WOW. The standard version will include colourful images and facts in Spanish and English around proper disposal or how long it takes to disintegrate. The junior version will include only images and simple words in Spanish and English. The goal is to make learning fun and build awareness at the same time.
We are considering a more advanced version of the game where players can win more points if they collect certain types of cards, but that is still under discussion. For example, we might have some wild cards that include our mascots LOLA aka Octo-Girl and PEDRO aka Fish-Boy. Why not tell us which one is your favourite and why? PS, not sure why, but sometimes Lola looks red and she is supposed to be orange... so if you're seeing red, why not open the image to full size and check out her sassy flamenco flounce!
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