Towards a tangible storytelling kit for exploring emotions with children

Torben Wallbaum, Swamy Ananthanarayan, Shadan Sadeghian Borojeni, Wilko Heuten, Susanne Boll

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A key aspect of children's development is the ability to manage personal feelings, understand others' feelings and needs, and interact positively with others. Storytelling is one approach to help children develop emotional literacy and deal with their own feelings constructively. To facilitate and complement this process, we developed an interactive storytelling prototype to help children and parents explore emotional situations. Specifically, the tangible modular toolkit, enables the re-creation of different narratives using a multi-modal user interface. We evaluated the preliminary prototype with parents and children to get feedback on the design and to help us understand the design space. Our findings revealed how children engaged with tangible storytelling, how they explored emotional states in narratives, and what challenges they faced. We also explored the routines and practices parents used and the issues they faced while helping their children express emotions more easily.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Thematic Workshops of ACM Multimedia 2017
EditorsWanmin Wu, Jianchao Yang, Qi Tian, Roger Zimmermann
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450354165
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational ACM Thematic Workshops 2017 - Mountain View, United States of America
Duration: 23 Oct 201727 Oct 2017
Conference number: 1st (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational ACM Thematic Workshops 2017
Abbreviated titleThematic Workshops 2017
CountryUnited States of America
CityMountain View
Internet address


  • Children
  • Emotion
  • Interactive storytelling
  • Tangible interaction

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