Critically examining the fears that commonly surround young children's play involving digital technologies, this book seeks to address each of the negatives and present the positive possibilities of technology when it comes to early childhood. Using observations of children in play and cutting-edge research, this book will empower students and build their confidence so that they are able to challenge perceptions and think creatively about how they can use technology. Each chapter includes case studies, research spotlights, activities and annotated further reading to help students develop their critical thinking, deepen their research and connect theory with practice.

Physical Engagement and Sensory Experience in Digital Play

Physical Engagement and Sensory Experience in Digital Play

Introduction

This chapter focuses on the role of physical engagement and sensory experience in children’s digital play. In this chapter we:

  • discuss claims that digital technologies are to blame for children’s inactive lifestyles, and consider innovative digital technologies designed to get children active in outdoor environments;
  • examine debates around the nature of touch in digital play, considering whether sensory experience in digital play can be thought about as impoverished, or whether it is just different from what we are used to;
  • explore the relationship between digital technologies and messy-play environments, and how we might create new forms of ‘connected play’ that bring digital and physical environments into stronger dialogue.

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