This paper describes an explorative study with an open-ended play environment. An initial interactive design, called FlowSteps, was developed for children aged 7-8 years old. This design was aimed at supporting the playful experiences of curiosity, exploration, challenge, fellowship and competition during three different stages of play: invitation, exploration and immersion. FlowSteps was evaluated with twenty children playing in pairs with the design. Results show evidence of the playful experiences supported by a variety of design elements over the three stages of play. We propose that these insights can help the development of playful, interactive designs for open-ended play.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Game and Entertainment Technologies 2012, 18-20 July 2012, Lisbon, Portugal|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|