On Monday, I moved the pop-ups to the play area in the Center for Discovery. I put the pop-ups on toddler's eye level, and got rid of the stools. Starting Tuesday, I continued my observation in this new location. Because of Thanksgiving Day, it was a little quiet week.
The children in the play area were mostly babies and toddlers. There are plenty of toys to play with. They roamed around here freely with their caregiver's supervision. The caregivers were encouraged to introduce their children to my pop-ups. The kids' interaction time with the pop-ups was a lot longer than when the pop-ups were displayed on the first location. Quite a few kids kept coming back over and over. As I expected, I witnessed some rough handling, but no one was determined to destroy the pop-ups as I feared. What surprised me was the condition of the pop-ups. The pop-ups are in pristine condition after handled by almost 100 children.
Last 2 weeks has been such an incredible experience for me. I observed almost 100 children's interactions with the pop-ups for about total of 15 hours. I feel very lucky and grateful to be given the freedom by the library to do my research just the way I wanted. I gained so much confidence, positive feedback, and supports. It started as my personal project, but as a very satisfying result of the test, the Center for Discovery and I discussed on the possibilities of my soft pop-up sculptures, and working together to set my personal goal as well as theirs. My next step will be doing more research on resources, and start doodling new soft pop-up sculpture designs.