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.

Project

Playing Out with IoT

Publication

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

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