Smart toys for preschool children: A design and development research


KARA N., ÇAĞILTAY K.

ELECTRONIC COMMERCE RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS, vol.39, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.elerap.2019.100909
  • Title of Journal : ELECTRONIC COMMERCE RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS
  • Keywords: Smart toy, Human-computer interaction, Design and development study, Children, Technology, TECHNOLOGY

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to devise guidelines for designing, developing, and using a smart toy for preschool children. Smart toys are technologically developed toys constructed with a meaningful purpose. This study uses the design and development research method. In the analysis phase, the smart toy developed in the pilot study was analyzed. In the design phase, focus group meetings were held with early childhood teachers to determine the objectives, story, and storyboard of the smart toy. In the development phase, two prototypes were developed, and formative evaluations were conducted with preschool children, early childhood teachers, and scholars. In the evaluation phase, the smart toy was evaluated by preschool children. Many design guidelines (categorized as content, visual design, or interaction) emerged during the study.