Expressivity in Open-ended Constructive Play: Building and Playing Musical Lego Instruments

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This paper presents the findings from a case study in designing for open-ended constructive play for children. The study is based on a workshop where more that 150 children in ages 3-13 built and played their own musical instruments from Lego. The children used different sensors for playing and performed with their instruments on stage. The workshop was facilitated by a tangible music-making platform called Hitmachine, aiming to empower children to collectively make expressive music without the need for prior musical skills. The findings show how age influenced the children’s expressivity, and gives insight into the open-ended qualities of constructive play with music. Based on these findings we propose the Constructive Play Expressivity Model, as a tool for guiding designers’ way of thinking about different areas of expressivity, when designing for constructive play interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIDC '16 Proceedings of the The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
EditorsLisa Anthony, Gavin Sim, Rhia Jones
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2016
Pages46 - 57
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-4313-8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventIDC '16 Proceedings of the The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children - Manchester, United Kingdom

Conference

ConferenceIDC '16 Proceedings of the The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Nummer15
LandUnited Kingdom
ByManchester
Periode20/06/201624/06/2016
Internetadresse
SeriesIDC '16
Volume15

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