What's a kletskop?
The first Kletskoppen Kindertaalfestival was held on 28 October 2017 at the Central library and Arthouse Lux in Nijmegen and it was a great succes! Here children between 0 and 12 years old and their families could discover the science behind the way we learn to communicate with language. Language researchers from Radboud University and the Max Planck Insitute for Psycholinguistics organized hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations and informative talks about how children learn to talk.
What a wonderful day of language fun was Kletskoppen!
You could teach a parrot to talk, invent a new word at the Word Factory, learn sign language and loads more at Kletskoppen, the first child language festival in the Netherlands, which attracted more than 800 visitors, at least 300 of whom were children. It was a day for young and old, about child language and how children learn their first language (or languages), and a day about language for children.
At Kletskoppen, we had loads of exciting and informative activities for children, and grown-ups too! For instance, children could come to our science market to have a go at our language games and experiment demos. There was loads to do! They could, for example, help Pedro the Parrot learn to speak, search for spaceships or invent their own new words! At the festival, language researchers also gave talks about all kinds of subjects related to language: dyslexia, bringing up multilingual children, and how babies learn language, to name but a few.
There were also lots of different group readings and craft activities.
and loads more...
Jaap Robben is author of several Dutch language childrens' books, incuding the Suzie Ruzie series and Als Iemand Ooit Mijn Botjes Vindt. Benjamin Leroy is an illustrator, who drew the illustrations for both series.
Jaap read (in Dutch) from both books, whilst Illustrator Benjamin Leroy drew the stories, live!