What is Greektoys
Greektoys is an educational project focusing on the following main areas: creating the animated series “Greektoys”, writing articles and making research related to ancient greek toys, composing music and creating the 3D-virtual museum exhibiting ancient greek toys.
All these subjects are created in a safe and children-friendly way.
Three toys from Ancient Greece are the main characters of the series. Valios is a little horse-toy made of clay, Lilly is a rattle and Filon is a baby’s milk bottle in a pig shape. Our little friends live adventures and travel in other countries where they meet toys of other civilizations.
Greektoys aims to teach children in an amusing way the cultural heritage of Greece and other countries.
Four first episodes are completed: “The spinning top”, “Twinkle twinkle crazy moon”, “Silent Night – Christmas song” and “Little Pirates”.
Next planned episodes: “Valios in Olympic Games” (in progress), and “Kon’nichiwa Valios: Trip to Japan” (in progress).
Updates about progress of new episodes will be posted on Greektoys blog in a regular basis for Greektoys fans.
Greektoys is being created using exclusively free software. Blender, Gimp and Audacity are key programms being used, running on GNU/Linux operating system. All episodes are also available in stereoscopic format.
Greektoys is an Open movie project and it will be released under the license creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported. Roughly, this license gives the freedom to copy, distribute, study, change and improve the movie (for non-commercial purposes, also referring to the source).
Funding will be covered by private sources, as well as by crowdfuning. For this purpose, a crowdfunding campaign will be created.
Some remarkable co-operations should be mentioned:
- Work of Greektoys regarding Amphipolis tomb has been published by National Geographic History, issue April 2016
- Rai Storia (National Italian TV) – Participation in documentary “I Grifoni di Ascoli Satriano su Rai Storia” regarding Amphipolis tomb
- Published photographic material in “Ancient Greek Civilization” David Sansone, 3rd Edition, publications Wiley Blackwell
- Scientific conference “Use of new technologies in the educational process” of the Postgraduate Program “Educational Sciences – Education Using New Technologies” of the Department of Primary Education, Faculty of Humanities of University of the Aegean
- Publication of the article “Greektoys: Use of technology for the promotion of ancient greek cultural heritage”, in the book “Education with use of new technologies in the educational process”, University of he Aegean, 2017
- “Plaggona” project and 3D scanning of ancient greek toys: Greektoys project with the support of the Royal Art and History Museum in Brussels (Royal Museums of Art and History, Cinquantenaire Museum).
- Wikipedia – Kasta tomb article, 3D representation of the tomb structure by Greektoys
Episode 1: “The spinning top”
Episode 2: “Twinkle, twinkle, crazy moon”
Episode 3: “Silent Night”
Episode 4: “Little Pirates”