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Design Ideas for Fun & Learning

Understanding the Physical World Around Us

1. Measures Around Us

  • Scales Horizontally and Vertically
  • Milestones
  • Weights
  • Capacity
  • Milestones

2. Angles Around Us

  • Angle Protractor on Window Glass
  • Angles on a Window Grill
  • Door Angle Protractor
  • Cupboard Angle Protractor
  • Angles in a Bench
  • Highlighting Naturally Occurring Angles in Buildings

3. Balances

  • Wall Balance
  • See-Saw Balance

4. Symmetry Around Us

  • Symmetry in the Built Elements
  • Revealing Part-Whole imagess
  • Symmetry in Geometrical Shapes
  • Symmetry in Mirror imagess
  • Symmetry in Traditional Motifs and Patterns
  • Rotational Symmetry
  • Symmetry in the Natural World

5. Invert images

  • Inverted images on Railings
  • Inverted images in Mirrors
  • Inverted images on Borders

6. Visual Illusions on Walls

  • Impossible Illusions
  • Deceptive Illusions.
  • Dual Illusions

7. Colour Teasers

  • Fan Colour Wheels
  • Window Colour Panel
  • Colourful Sun Catcher
  • Panel of Colour Shades

8. Map Your World

  • Map of the Classroom
  • Map of the School
  • Map of the Neighbourhood / Village
  • Map of the City / District / State
  • Map of the Country
  • Map of the World
  • Me and my World
  • Activity Map in Brick and Sand

9. Planetary Orbits on the Ground

Many of these design ideas and much more has been implemented across 1620 Model Schools spread over all the districts of Gujarat. If you visit these schools, you will also find a lot of innovation in these schools. In fact, no two schools will be identical or same.

A school before BaLA intervention

A school after BaLA intervention

What is i-BaLA ?

Nationally, now there is a focus on making inclusive learning environment for Children With Special Needs (CWSN) in all schools. Hence, SSA in Gujarat is now taking another initiative of i-BaLA or inclusive-BaLA. This is the first time that it is being done in the country. This is being developed in partnership with Blind People's Association Ahmedabad and Vinyas. Presently some BaLA ideas are being adapted for use in learning activities for children with hearing impairment, mental retardation and visual impairment. It may be noted that only mild and moderate categories of such children are likely to attend the inclusive schools. i-BaLA is designed for such children. SSA plans to take it to a large number of schools across the state.

Some of the i-BaLA idea adaptations are given below:

Engraved and embossed i-Map of classroom and Prewriting Aid on i-Board Game - Snake & Ladder

Engraved Prewriting Groove on Wall Prewriting i-Grill and Rail in corridor

All these BaLA design ideas were developed with an in-depth understanding of children's
  • Spatial aspirations from their school
  • Natural behavioural patterns in school space
  • Need for facilitation of all round growth and development
  • Problematic areas of comprehension in teaching and learning
  • Socio-cultural-educational background at home
  • Need for literacy environment
  • Special needs of hearing impairment visual impairment, or that of mental retardation

It is also based on a detailed study of repair, environment enhancement and construction issues of the school building components