Co-creating hybrid toys as an approach to understand children’s needs in play experience

Tamara Pinos Cisneros, Filipe Escobar Vega, Ben Kröse, Ben Schouten, Geke Ludden

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Using hybrid toys to deliver physical therapy is an innovative way to engage children in personalised healthcare. However, there is an urgency to understand children’s needs in their digital-physical play experience, to effectively design these toys. The aims of this explorative study were to identify the needs of children in their play experience and to examine co-creation workshops as a mean to do that. Ten children and thirteen observers participated. Participants were asked to reflect on what they like most about play, while building a hybrid toy and discussing the rationale behind their actions. The statements were written down by the observers and analysed via concept mapping and network analysis to categorise them. Finally, the children filled in a questionnaire after the session to assess the acceptance of the workshop. We have found that the identified needs can refer to different aspects from psychological to practical functionality, providing a wide panorama of requirements. The results of the questionnaire show that children enjoyed the topic, the use of technology, and the process of co-creation. The combination of co-creation with concept mapping allows us to collect and categorise the identified needs to further develop future designs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYoung children's rights in a digital world
Subtitle of host publicationplay, design and practice
EditorsDonell Holloway, Michele Willson, Karen Murcia, Catherine Archer, Francesca Stocco
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISBN (Electronic)9783030659165
ISBN (Print)9783030659158
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2021
EventDigital and Physical Play - Digital Camp - HvA and OBA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Nov 201817 Nov 2018


WorkshopDigital and Physical Play - Digital Camp
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