I finally got Mitzy’s shop to a place where I felt like I was ready to test out my theory – I could use this same environment for my game and the children’s book.
The initial concept for the children’s book was someone would come to Mitzy’s shop needing help making something. Mitzy then would make the item and during this process various STEAM concepts would be introduced (problem solving, numbers, counting, iterating, etc.) As I started to actually write it and mock up some screenshots for the images it quickly became complicated and boring, more like a How-To & Step by Step instead of a story.
Finding that balance between fun & STEAM concepts will be key. The children’s book will be an introduction into this world. The game and any play along videos will be more hands on and educational.
Below are some images I put together for the book – I was thinking of starting each book with various items that Mitzy makes.
Mitzy was making something practical in this story – I want to push the things she is making to be much more whimsical and fun. I got through about 10 pages for this draft and realized it wasn’t right. Back to the drawing board!