Unicef Collection - Smart Tales

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Here is the collection inspired by The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Manu's full of emotion!

It's Manu's birthday but he is sad because he has lost his favorite toy. His forest friends promptly throw a surprise party to lift his spirits. This mini-story teaches the recognition of the variety of emotions and to experience them all serenely. These interactive games are based on logical reasoning. 

Children's rights: Expressing one's own identity, Eating suitable food

An ocean of plastic

Luke the crab is a great collector, but it has become difficult for him to find new shells among the plastic accumulated on the beach and in the ocean. Together with his friends he decides to do something about it. Con questo mini-racconto i bambini possono apprendere l’importanza della condivisione e del riuso.

Children's rights: Living in a healthy environment, Breathing clean air, Eating uncontaminated food

The domesticated elephant

Ray is a tame elephant raised in a circus, who manages to return to the jungle after many years. The other elephants welcome him with joy but Ray feels a little uncomfortable at first because of his manners and because he is always cleaner than the others. This short story teaches the acceptance of others and integration into a group. 

Children's rights: Express one's own opinion, Being heard, Choosing friends

There's no more room in the dojo

In the dojo, the wise bear Andrew trains everyday with his students. One day, a new girl arrives (a hare) but the rest of the group (boy raccoons) don’t want to accept this new member. This story teaches the importance of inclusion and helps children understand what bullying is and why it’s bad.

Children's rights: Inclusion, Express one's own identity, culture, religion and language

The Tractor Race

Every year, Peter and his wife compete in an original race: a tractor race through mud and puddles in the farm. Both are very competitive and want to win, but at the end of the race they understand that what matters the most is not winning but the happiness of helping others. 

Children's rights: Playing, doing sports, Having free time

The ocean turned upside-down!

A seaquake brings disarray and disorder to a little village of fish! Each one of them loses something and Luke, the great collector who is jealous about all his precious treasure, learns the importance of sharing. 

Children's rights: Being safe, Being granted adeguate treatment in case of wars and natural calamities

Let's save the forest - Together we can do anything!

There is too much garbage in the woods and the cicadas stop singing in protest! Andrew, a creature of habit, is no longer able to enjoy his beloved naps without their song and, like a wise bear, decides to take matters into his own hands by asking all the animals for help to clear up the forest. With this story, children learn respect for the environment and the importance of recycling and reuse.

Children's rights: Living in a healthy and safe environment, Breathing clean air, Eating uncontaminated food and water

Owen and the little flowers!

The “Save the Woods” collection opens with Owen the squirrel. Like all the animals in this story, Owen deals with trash that pollutes the woods and covers his beloved flowers. The games in this chapter are concerned with concentration and visual memory: kids are asked to identify cards with the same flowers.

Charlie’s dilemma!

Charlie is a very willing and helpful fawn. He doesn't hold back when it comes to clearing the trash from the forest, but he does need some tools. The activities in this story ask kids to help Charlie to get back a rake and overcome some obstacles, by getting them used to adopting problem-solving strategies.

Precise Sal

Sal also helps clean the forest. He is a very tidy and meticulous racoon and everyone calls him "the fusspot". This story introduces the concept of respect for the environment and teaches kids how to dispose of waste properly. The activities are based on computational thinking (coding).

Bonnie, Lisa and Manu: I'm so hungry!

The only way to persuade Bonnie the fox, Lisa the hare and Manu the wolf to help clean the forest is promising them food as a reward! So while the trio makes itself useful, kids have to distribute fruit and acorns fairly between the characters and learn multiplication and division.

Queen Flo!

The ants in the woods are very hardworking and Flo is the queen of all. With this rhyming tale, kids need to collect and give new life to used objects and they also learn ensembles and logical associations to arrange and classify objects correctly. 

Ginny and the recycling

The last episode of the "Save the Woods" collection is a rhyming story that teaches kids how to recycle and respect the environment. Ginny the eagle looks forward to separating all paper, glass and plastic objects. The activities are designed to teach logical associations and properties of materials.

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