Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Click, Clack, Moo: Typewriters at Play

Before the holiday I received an email from a co-worker about a special event hosted by the ASCC (Association for Supportive Child Care). The ASCC provides support to childcare providers and parents in Arizona. Yearly, the ASCC hosts a special event called Children at Play. A reception is held where children can participate in various activities related to a children's play produced by a local children's theater. Following the reception the children have a chance to view the play. This year, the play is based on a modern classic; "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type."

If you have never read Doreen Cronin's Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type you are missing out on a really sweet children's story. Farmer Brown's cows find an old typewriter in the barn. Shortly after that missives listing various demands are found tacked to the barn door. Hilarity ensues.

I went to the web site to find out more about the event. As I read I started to think. I thought it would be nice to offer ASCC the use of several of my typewriters for their event. That is if they wanted them. I sent an email message and got a call right away. I guess the ASCC had been looking for typewriters, but were unable to find any to use. Well, I told them that I have more than a few typewriters and I would be happy to lend them. They accepted and now I have to gather a selection of typewriters that little kids can use. If anyone has any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.

If you live in the valley and have kids this might be a fun family activity. More importantly, it will be a wonderful way of introducing young people to the exciting world of manual typewriters.

More information form the ASCC web site (click on the pic below to be taken to the site):


The Association for Supportive Child Care invites you to join us for our Annual Children at Play! Event, Saturday, February 2, 2013.

The Tempe Center for the Arts provides a picturesque backdrop as children and adults engage in a day of play. The event begins with a children’s reception featuring story telling, face-painting, science and crafts, close encounters with gentle animal friends – and much more!

Following the reception, families will enjoy an adaptation of the children's story,
"Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type," performed by Childsplay.

Proceeds from this event benefit the programs of the Association for Supportive Child Care which continue our mission to enhance the quality of care for Arizona's children.


3 comments:

  1. Great!

    You have more experience than I do with kids and typewriters, although I guess your students are older than the kids who would typically attend this event. With the typewriters at WordPlay I've found that simpler is better for the younger kids. Magic margin mechanisms, in particular, confuse them and they tend to end up with 2-inch columns in which they can write.

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  2. It looks like it would be a great book for WordPlay.

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  3. In my experiences offering typewriters for public use, I would agree with Richard. No Hermes or Royals with push-button margins. SCM's work well, but you've had issues with linkage breakage, so maybe not. Never had problems with Underwoods or Olympias set out for public use, but Olivettis are somewhat easy to jank up (the "0" position on the linespace setter somehow always gets activated by people playing with the levers, and that can lock up the carriage on a 32).

    You might even try a Selectric or two. (:

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