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The maze, the puzzle and the riddle

You are probably ending up on this page looking for a solution of the maze posted our Instagram account @Sofielafee.co. Congratulations this is the right place.  Here is the maze, the puzzle and the riddle.

So what? Why? How? Well I like maze. I like puzzles. I like riddles. 

And so I wanted to combine the three. That may create something interesting. 

The maze 

First let’s build a maze. There are so many different forms of mazes. I would stick to a simple design. 

There will be one entry, one exit or one goal, a series of passages and junctions; and only one successful path and no loop. This is what is called a standard or perfect maze. 

There are many approaches for creating a maze; and especially algorithms can generate layouts of perfect maze. This is brilliant and a quick way to experiment. 

Thanks to this Maze Generator website I could easily try out different shapes like rectangular, triangular, hexagonal or circular. And changes settings to play with the size and patterns.  

I’ve opted for the round maze. It looks pleasant and well balanced. So I’ve generated the below maze as template and layered some paint on top. 

The Maze layout only from Maze Generator
The Maze layout only from Maze Generator

The puzzle 

This is a simple puzzle really, I wanted to experiment a grid layout on Instagram. The puzzle is a series of nine images displayed consecutively. They appear as a larger image when scrolling the account. 

I like the collage from wild bloom creative and I may try a similar one someday. See the grid-

The maze, the puzzle and the riddle on Instagram
The maze, the puzzle and the riddle on Instagram

The riddle 

The riddle has two aspects, first the quotes. They are all from animated films, mainly Pixar. This studio has so many inspiring stories, characters and graphics. 

Your mind is like water. When it is agitated it becomes difficult to see, but when you let it settle; the answer becomes clear.  – Oogway, Kung Fu Panda 

There is a whole lot more to racing than just winning. – Tex, Cars 

Nobody is entitled to anything. Anyone can become an artist; you just have to make a choice.  – Anton Ego, Ratatouille 

The only thing predictable about life is it’s unpredictability. – Ratatouille 

To infinity and beyond! -Lightbuzz, Toy Story 

As long as we are together; it doesn’t matter to me. – Marty, Madagascar 

‘Greater good?’ I am your wife! I’m the greatest good you’re ever gonna get! – Honey, Incredibles 

I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now – Edna Mode, Incredibles 

Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one. -Ellie, Up 

The second aspect is the solution that leads to the main quote.

The maze, the puzzle, the riddle and the quote

See this the full picture of the maze, painted and post-processed including the solution. 

The maze painted and post-processed including the solution - You were born an original, don't die a copy.

Now if you follow the trail of the puzzle, you can read this famous quote from John Mason. 

You were born an original, don’t die a copy. 

This encompasses the quotes above from Pixar, inspiring and spark self-reflection. Tada! The maze, the puzzle and the riddle.

l will experiment other concepts. Stay tuned on Instagram @Sofielafee.co and Facebook

If you know any interesting experiments with maze, riddles, puzzles in social media I would be really excited if you could share them – use the comment section below. 

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Maria Montessori, the teacher ahead of her time

Maria Montessori surrounded by children at school

Doctor Maria Montessori. What a great woman. In the early twentieth century, she elaborated an innovative and controversial method of education, now simply called Montessori.

Each child is an individual 

Montessori is the premise that children are individuals and should be given the opportunity to be guided or coordinated through the environment instead of being instructed by a mentor.

In lesser words. Figure it out. Do it yourself. 

With support though. Children develop at their own pace and instructors observes the children and adapt the activities and environments to meet their own needs. 

An environment to develop self-discipline and self-confidence 

The emphasis is placed on the use of specific equipment and other dedicated assets to capture interest and lead to creativity, initiative, independence, inner discipline and self-confidence. Help the children to reveal their personal attributes and interests. 

The environment is organised and free from clutter. Indoor or outdoor. 

The environment supports activities meaningful learning experiences. Initially focussing on perception of size, shape, volume, colour, pattern, odour, sound and texture. Later, in discoveries relating to mathematics, language and literacy, art, music, science, and social studies 

The first steps to learn how to write 

Montessori has five essential stages of observation. Practical life, sensorial education, language education, mathematics and the cultural area.  

Practical life experiences cover all daily routines and how to handle them. Like tying shoelaces or opening and closing drawers. Sensorial education covers the use of the five senses and especially how to feel and hold a pencil. A major step in the long learning curve of writing.

Maria Montessori memorable anecdote 

Let’s finish with this anecdote which marks the beginning of his research on his method of education 

“I was making my first essays in applying the principles and part of the material I had used for many years previously in the education of deficient children, to the normal children of the San Lorenzo quarter in Rome, when I happened to notice a little girl of about three years old deeply absorbed in a set of solid insets, removing the wooden cylinders from their respective holes and replacing them.  

The expression on the child’s face was one of such concentrated attention that it seemed to me an extraordinary manifestation; up to this time none of the children had ever shown such fixity of interest in an object; and my belief in the characteristic instability of attention in young children, who flit incessantly from one thing to another, made me peculiarly alive to the phenomenon. 
 
I watched the child intently without disturbing her at first, and began to count how many times she repeated the exercise; then, seeing that she was continuing for a long time, I picked up the little arm-chair in which she was seated, and placed chair and child upon the table; the little creature hastily caught up her case of insets, laid it across the arms of her chair, and gathering the cylinders into her lap, set to work again.  

Then I called upon all the children to sing; they sang, but the little girl continued undisturbed, repeating her exercise even after the short song had come to an end. I counted forty-four repetitions when at last she ceased, it was quite independently of any surrounding stimuli which might have distracted her, and she looked round with a satisfied air, almost as if awaking from a refreshing nap. 
 
I think my never-to-be-forgotten impression was that experienced by one who has made a discovery.” 

— Maria Montessori, Advanced Montessori Method, 1917 

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Uploading Your Creations to Instagram from a MacBook

Instagram is so great for sharing visual art, illustrations, pictures or even selfies (!!) But.. Instagram has been designed to work on smartphone .. mostly! At Sofielafée we can be a bit old school and like working on iMac and MacBook. There are so many incredible tools to create and process images.

So wait a minute, how?

Yes you can. Well you could suggest to send images to a mobile phone and do the rest over there. Fair enough, but there is a more simple option. Four clicks.

Open the web browser Chrome and click on the 3 vertical dots on the upper right, more tools, developer tools

Click Responsive on the top and select any iPhone or iPad you ever wanted!

Ta-da! Instagram is now displayed like an iPhone and offer more functions. You can now upload images by clicking the plus button at the bottom.

You enjoy the below original illustration from Sofielafée? Send your love here or on Facebook

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A journey in game design for preschoolers

Why not creating a game for preschoolers? I will scribble about the experience of creating a homemade educational game.

Learning theory, game design, software development, this all can sound complicated; we all imagine games being created by a pack of highly skilled designers and developers working altogether in big studios. Few of them. Believe it or not there are many passionate independent developers willing to experiment personal creative experience. And why not getting original ideas out there.

The inception of an idea

Let’s go back to the beginning of the story. 

It’s late 2017. Winter is coming. Sofie, artist, graphic designer, had a creative impulse and spent several days drawing cute characters, colourful flowers, funny statements. Sketches and illustrations made up of watercolour, coloured pencils, felt-tip pens, photography, Photoshop, Illustrator, digital drawing. 

This little mouse with a spiky hat, checkered rocket, large ears and big smile looked amazing. Sofie pulled out Rocket Mouse out of her hat. This cute and funny mouse would be a great companion for toddler’s eager to learn and go on an outer space adventure.

Rocket Mouse Original Watercolour
Rocket Mouse in Watercolour

Learn and learn again

There’s a lot to do, I’d put Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones and other series on hold for now; so I spent evenings reading blogs and watching videos about game design and game development. How to make a game? An interesting game. How to animate characters? How to interact with characters and their environment? Now to brand and give an identity to a game? The game had to be mobile, touch-based, easy to use, guided by narrative voices, pleasing to the eye, personal and fun. Colossal business.

As a matter of fact, we can all learn, learn anything. It takes time and might appear insurmountable. It may fail, it may work, it may be boring or exciting, but why not trying? Have you ever thought of creating your own game or animation?