SENSORY CRAYON – THE JOURNEY AND WHY WE MADE IT!

A Product Made From Pure Passion

Little Legend was born out of a mother and father’s passion for the ultimate responsibility, which is parenthood.

Seeing the positive, uplifting, calming impact nature had upon our baby girl led to us exploring this topic more and more. The environment she was in, and sensory experiences, determined her mood and ability to learn.

Thus, we made it our mission to surround her with a nature-inspired environment, and play, as often as possible. Mother nature has never let us down.

We naturally gravitated towards organic, chemical-free products for our girl, and when we discovered naturally-scented, homemade playdough it was a revelation for us.

A eureka moment. Our child, and all children we subsequently introduced the dough to, entered a state of high engagement, creativity and flow with this multi-sensory experience. They were learning through playing with this amazing product, and their brains went into overdrive.

We studied this topic more, and research that has been done, and concluded that pre-school children have a phenomenal ability to absorb and learn while they play, and when their senses are engaged.

Science has taught us that there is a strong connection between our noses and our brain, indeed, smells and our emotions.

As a mummy, Penny (co-founder of Little Legend) loved exposing her little girl to a variety of natural smells, but she couldn’t understand why there was no naturally-scented crayons on the market in Thailand. If there can be naturally scented, organic playdough, then surely we can create a pure, naturally-scented crayon from beeswax?

Crayons made from beeswax are so unique and wonderful – there aren’t many creatures in nature more important than the bee. Any mummy who wants the purest ingredients for her child, will choose a pure beeswax crayon (we hope!).

Penny consulted with a good friend of hers, a cosmetics scientist, and scent-creator called K. Karn, who loved the idea and became the maker of our Sensory Crayon! All in her little laboratory in Wong Wian Yai.

K. Karn (Kanpoohdiary) – A Magical Collaboration

When we approached K. Karn about this idea, her excitement for this project was overwhelming. We discussed making scents from natural, therapeutic aromas such as lavender flower. We wanted our scents to be meaningful, and impactful, potentially even calming for children who were unsettled, or uplifting.

K. Karn took to this project with her heart and soul, and together we came up with five colours, which would be made from a natural process, to be matched with their relevant scents. Yellow – lemon. Green – eucalyptus. Red- rose. Orange – orange. Finally, purple – lavender.

K. Karn told us that she loved the idea of creating a crayon which could benefit visually impaired children too. This was another huge source of motivation for her to collaborate with us. Each scent comes from essential oils, and each oil has its own unique, therapeutic benefits.

Such a beautiful collaboration it has been.

Sensory Crayon – The Packaging

Every detail is crucial to us, at Little Legend. We are bringing, in our opinion, one of the purest and most natural crayons money can buy. Yet, we wanted to give more than just a crayon to draw with at home. For us, the benefits of the crayon needed to be meaningful and long-lasting.

We have included in the Sensory Crayon box five individual eco-bags for each crayon. Why? We really value our crayon and these eco-bags are important for five big reasons:

  1. Maintaining the natural aroma
  2. Not getting the smell mixed up with other crayons
  3. Zero waste, ethically-sourced packaging teaches kids to care for their environment
  4. Sorting and classifying is something children can learn very early in life, each time they pack away their crayon, they’re becoming little, organized legends!
  5. The eco-bags are TRAVEL FRIENDLY! No mess in mummy’s bag and can be carried anywhere, on any journey. The perfect travel companion.

A Final Word From Us …

The speed which our little kids learn is astronomical, trillions of new connections are being made in their brains during the early years. Sensory experiences matter. That’s how our brains receive information in our pre-school years.

We not only wanted the purest crayons for your kids’ little fingers to grip, but each smell will trigger something in their brain. They will learn faster, be more engaged and even more emotionally balanced.

So yes, it was a long process making these crayons. Those busy bees had lots of work to do! But you can always count on us for one thing: our products will always be nature inspired, as pure as can be, and they will be designed to bring out the best in your children.

Great things take time, especially when using the purest ingredients from mother nature.

We hope you enjoy this multi-sensory experience with your children, and thank you for following us – your support means everything to us.

Finally, Finally!

We have made a video of “The Making of the Sensory Crayon” and you can watch it right here. We hope you can see the love that has gone into this product and we would like to thank the amazing Star Studios for filming and editing it – they’re a very skilled and professional outfit.

Multi-Sensory Learning in Early Years

Our role as parents and educators is more critical than ever before. Science has taught us that our children, in their first five years, absorb information primarily through the senses. This information shapes how they perceive the world. They learn through their experiences, both good and bad.

We have also learned that our pre-school brains are highly sensitive and receptive. Our brain activity in pre-school years, and potential for growth, is the highest in our entire lives. As a result, the exposure to multi-sensory activities and experiences determines how fast the brain develops.

 

Brain Development in Early Years

 

BRAIN CONNECTIONS

New scientific research has made one thing crystal clear: pre-school children are capable of learning far more than we ever thought before. The neural connections inside a child’s brain, made in the first five years, will last a lifetime – shaping our memories and behaviour for years to come.

Children at the age of two years old are already laying the foundations for their brain power later in life. This is due to their brain’s “plasticity”, and the number of “synapses in their brains.

“By the age of two, a child’s brain contains twice as many synapses and consumes twice as much energy as the brain of a normal adult” (1997).

Synapses are the special link in the brain, which connect the all-important neurons, allowing the brain to grow. The plasticity of a young human brain means they can learn new concepts very quickly, and very easily. This window of rapid growth starts to close after the age of five years old.

The early years are a huge window of opportunity for US, the parents, to give a child’s brain the information it craves so much. How do we do this? BY EXPOSING OUR CHILDREN TO MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCES.

 

Sensory Activities at British Early Years Centre 
(where our daughter goes)

 

WHY SENSORY LEARNING?

Once more – CHILDREN LEARN THROUGH THEIR SENSES in their early years – simple as that. They absorb and retain information via their body and hands-on experience. The brain and the senses work together to create a meaningful world.

The seven senses are a child’s channel of discovery, and must be engaged in order for their brains to receive the information.

Our seven senses are: TOUCH, HEARING, SIGHT, TASTE, SMELL (which everyone knows) and also, which we weren’t taught in school! BALANCE, BODY AWARENESS

“For a small child, discussion and verbal learning have little educative power without actual experience. Learning rather happens through all the sensory channels. Children must live through, explore, and try things out to attach meaning to them” [Hendrick 1990:6].

As research has proven, the more senses engaged, the more connections made in the brain. Multi-sensory learning is the key to unlocking a child’s brain power.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The brain receives information from the senses, processes it, and tells the body how to respond. The brain learns from sensory experience, and stores information. Then the senses, in particular SMELL, can act as a trigger for the brain, forming memories. Yes, through giving your child beautiful sensory experiences, they will form happy memories.

A smell, in particular, can bring positive memories flooding back for years to come. Maybe it’s the smell of perfume reminding you of someone you love, or a rose, which takes you back to your garden when you were young.

Multi-sensory experiences are, therefore, critical for how a child will behave later in their lives. Sensory play helps shape a child’s perception of the world, what they believe to be positive and safe in their brain.

What can we do with pre-school children to ensure their brains are engaged via the senses?

PLAY!

Sensory Playground at The Little Treehouse Nursery

 

The best way to develop and improve your child’s sensory development is through play. Through play, children learn what no one can teach them. For young children, play is the lifeblood of learning. [Hendrick 1990:6]

Children are meant to play, it’s in their nature. Play, in particular, role play, is their way of acting out the world around them. The world which their brains are soaking up like a sponge, in the form of TRILLIONS of neural connections being made. Here are some simple, sensory activities we recommend:

  • Play dough – this is a MUST for your kids. The possibilities are never-ending with play dough, and for the full MULTI SENSORY EXPERIENCE, get the naturally-scented playdough from Little Legend.
  • Scented Crayon – Little Legend have launched a product called the Sensory Crayon, so children can smell natural, therapeutic aromas while they draw, giving them a MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCE.