Over on the Make blog this month, Saul Griffith has an excellent piece on using toys to teach core life skills:

1. Drawing. Being able to draw sufficiently well to communicate your ideas is critical, especially for future makers. You don’t have to be Rembrandt, just learn proportion, perspective, and how to represent 3D objects on the 2D page. Chalk and a sidewalk, pencil and paper, an Etch-a-sketch if you must.

2. Sculpting. Understanding three dimensions and producing 3D forms. Play-Doh, Fimo or Sculpey, clay, sandboxes and beaches, food, aluminum foil, paper and origami.

3. Knots. It frustrates me that so many people know so few knots. Rope can help you do almost anything. String or rope, kites, sewing, knitting, crochet, sailing, rock climbing.

The whole piece is worth a read, but this of course feels very closely aligned to what I want to do with web literacy.  This isn’t about memorizing HTML tags, or trying to recall which HTML attributes map to which CSS style properties, it’s about learning, making and playing, and knowledge just happening to claim a stake of your brain without you really being aware that it happened.

I would luuurhve to come up with a series of skills like these for web literacy, with similar examples of how you can start learning the skill space by just playing in it.