Children's Play with Improvisational Puppets

Reference: Huard, R. D. & Hayes-Roth, B. Children's Play with Improvisational Puppets. Knowledge Systems Laboratory, November, 1996.

Abstract: Children love to pretend, to enter the world of make-believe. Through stories and dramatic play activities, like puppetry, children become a part of this imaginative world. The Improvisational Puppets system provides an interactive storycrafting environment where children can project themselves into story situations, share the moods and emotions of the characters, and create sensory images so vivid that stories become a process of experience. We describe the features of the Improv Puppets system that make it an effective learning environment for storymaking.

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