The fantasy table

Evi Indriasari Mansor, Antonella De Angeli, Oscar De Bruijn

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We explore the possibility of creating an interactive system which can foster fantasy play in preschool children in a tabletop environment. This paper reports our experiences designing and testing two prototypes with young children aged 3-4 years old. In the first study, we focused on understanding the similarities and differences between the type of play afforded by real objects and virtual objects. In the second study, we focused on testing solutions for the interaction difficulties evinced in the first study to see how to provide an engaging experience for children. Data were collected by observing children while they played with the study materials. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used for data collection and analysis. Copyright 2009 ACM.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IDC 2009 - The 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children|Proc. IDC - Int. Conf. Interact. Des. Child.
Place of PublicationACM Digital Library
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781605583952
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2009 - Como
Duration: 1 Jul 2009 → …


Conference8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2009
Period1/07/09 → …


  • Fantasy play
  • Physical and virtual objects
  • Preschool children
  • Tabletop interfaces


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