Missions - a new way to learn and play.
We believe in the amazing potential of our 3-6 year olds. That is why our missions are design challenges for the whole family, based on a creative process - 20 minutes per day for several days.
Let's observe birds and create
our first birdwatching guide!
Let’s plan a family trip and gather our favourite memories and experiences!
Let’s choose, plan and construct our own building!
Let's prepare healthy drinks and create your very own recipe!
Let's create your first album by learning how to take pictures!
Let's make a forecast and choose what to wear and do outside!
Mission: Head Chef
Let's choose and prepare our Sunday family menu!
Let's map interesting things on our way to the kindergarten!
Mission: Birthday Planner
Let's plan and organize your birthday party!
Let's launch a spaceship to a planet in the Solar System!
Let's catch a rhythm by clapping, stomping feet and drumming!
Let's create our own family flag with favourite colours and symbols!
Let's design a bookmark to remember where we left off in our book!
Let's make your first book by telling the story of the sand!
Mission: Family Doctor
Let's write a prescription with health and lifestyle recommendations for each member of the family!
Let's plan and organize a Brazilian carnival at home!
Mission: Christmas Theme
Let's discover a special theme for Christmas and decorate our home!
Want to have them all? Get the whole mission play guide pack!
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Develop real life skills with real life challenges.
Our missions are more than toys, board games, arts & crafts, puzzles or mobile apps. They go way beyond.
We did a lot of research, prototyping and testing together with our own kids and with other families in order to get the right formula.
So here it is - a 3-step process, inspired by Maria Montessori and based on our own adaptation of design thinking (also called human-centered design). This is a creative problem-solving method, used by leading companies, nonprofits and schools. We believe that everything in our world is a design challenge waiting to be solved.
A mission goes beyond any single, one-off activity that we usually engage our 3-6 year olds with. It's a whole design challenge for days ahead, helping children develop and practice valuable skills such as observation, patience, concentration, empathy, sense of control, dexterity, making choices, visualizing ideas and presentation.
Each mission ensures repeatable play - it can (and most probably will) be played a number of times in a row and each time with a unique outcome. We only provide the basic steps and some guidance - enjoy them at your own pace and style.
Children love our missions. So do their parents.
Hundreds of families have already enjoyed our missions. Here's what some of them shared with us.
"I saw a new educational method, a fresh alternative to the already familiar (and even boring) family games"
Galina, mother of Nico (4)
“An interesting, different activity, where we can create completely new things together”
Valerie, mother of Philip (5)
The story so far.
Red Paper Plane took off in the early summer of 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. This is how it all started.
Halloween time, 2014 (the moustache is real, the bats are not)
As parents of Sonny (4) and Annie (2), we want to spend as much quality time as possible with our children. For us, the love of learning and the ability to solve problems creatively are essential skills for the connection economy of the 21st century. The latest scientific research shows that the best period for learning in our lives is between age 0-6 (700 synapses created per second sounds like a big deal to us).
Yet very few of the children’s games, toys and activities currently available on the market stimulate co-creation and creative problem solving that truly match the learning abilities and brain potential at this age. So we saw an opportunity and decided to do something about it.
Young children transform every situation in our daily lives into a learning experience. Our main goal is to engage them in meaningful, fun and challenging ways, to teach them how to care about themselves and the world they live in. Because later in life, this is the way artists, designers, architects, engineers, developers, teachers or entrepreneurs live, work and solve problems in new and exciting ways.
This is why, together with our son and co-creator Sonny we invented Red Paper Plane - a new type of learning game for the whole family.
The engine room.
Meet the hands and brains behind Red Paper Plane - true believers in the power of learning and creative problem solving from early age on.
Creator & Mom in charge
Visionary dad in residence
Elina, Alex and Mariya
R&D and magic
Elina Zheleva is a design thinking guru (Hello, Stanford d.school!)
Alex Nikolova is an all-smiles digital marketing powerhouse.
Mariya Angelova is a Singapore-based education wiz.
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