For healthy cognitive development, our senses must be stimulated from
a young age. Yet, modern childhoods spent behind computer screens
increasingly cause sensory alienation, believes Makiko Shinoda.
Material Teddy to the rescue. Each body part is made from a different,
natural material to evoke contrasting sensations. One ear is heavy, the
other is light. The head is made of porous leather so eager fingers can
leave their mark over time, while the body is carved from camphor
wood smooth to touch, with a pungent, medicinal smell. None of the
materials is coated, so children can interact with the components in
their purest form.