Skill development with serious toys: The effective use of fun for children's skill development by means of tangible electronics
Children's education is moving towards more independent forms of learning. Educational effectiveness depends strongly on offering a challenge that fits the abilities of the child. This can be well supported with computerized tangibles, which offer a natural and enjoyable form of interaction.
TagTiles*, a tabletop gaming console, combines object localization and an LED-array. The game ‘Tap de klein egel' addresses various cognitive skills. The achievements on this game correlate highly with results of children on non-verbal tasks in an IQ test (WISC). It can be played autonomously, providing instruction and support during play and adapting to the player's abilities.
*developed by Serious Toys BV