Outdoor Play Lanterns (2020)

The Lantern is a do-it-yourself resource that combines craft, coding and outdoor play. During the Playing Out with IoT project we studied outdoor play with groups of children and this has led us to a series of open-ended play interactions that see Lanterns interacting with each other by moving different coloured light around when the children’s Lanterns get close to each other.


Playing Out with IoT


Lanterns: Configuring a Digital Resource to Inspire Preschool Children’s Free Play Outdoors. Thomas Dylan, Abigail C Durrant, Sena Çerçi, Shaun Lawson, John Vines. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '21). [Upcoming].

Lighting the way with Lanterns in the woods

Trying to catch the green from the other children

Lanterns in the garden of a nursery

Lanterns made by children at a community centre