Lanterns: Configuring a Digital Resource to Inspire Preschool Children's Free Play Outdoors

Thomas Dylan, Abigail Durrant, Sena Çerçi, Shaun Lawson, John Vines

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Abstract

Previous HCI research has highlighted opportunities for digital technologies to support outdoor play amongst children. However, the tendency has been to focus on older children and forms of play that are structured and rule-based. We report on a Research-through-Design (RtD) inquiry, grounded in an Embodied Interactional approach, that investigated configurations of off-the-shelf Internet of Things (IoT) tool-kits to inspire new forms of free play outdoors for preschool children. We designed the Lanterns, a tangible interactive resource that is made using household materials and guided by a template, and which explores new possibilities to inspire social play and embodied interaction outdoors. Based on observations of the Lanterns being used by preschool children and Early Years Practitioners outdoors, we identify qualities of free play promoted by the Lanterns outdoors, such as enchantment, improvisation, anticipation and choice. We discuss our findings by defining three sensitising concepts to support future design research in this space: Choosing the Way; Improvising through Movement; Anticipating a Response.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsYoshifumi Kitamura, Aaron Quigley, Katherine Isbister, Takeo Igarashi, Pernille Bjørn, Steven Drucker
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Pages1-15
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781450380966
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2021
EventACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2021) - Online, Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 8 May 202113 May 2021
https://chi2021.acm.org/
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Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM

Conference

ConferenceACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2021)
Abbreviated titleCHI 2021
CountryJapan
CityYokohama
Period8/05/2113/05/21
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