Introducing the play activity wheel: Designing social, physical and playful learning activities from digital game universes

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This article introduces and describes the play activity wheel, developed by
the authors. It was created through looking back at 19 years of personal experiences of transforming television shows, board games and digital games into pedagogical activities, and has a focus on social, physical and playful learning. The idea of developing computer games, television series and board games into physical activities arose from observing children’s interests in transforming these universes into games and activities. The play activity wheel was developed in various settings with different participants, such as children aged 1–15, students in higher education, educators, researchers and other stakeholders. For the purpose of this study, the play activity wheel was
tested as a tool for preservice teachers. A researcher/educator collaborated on designing a process to achieve common learning goals in a playful learning space. In this study, we present the theoretical background for the play activity wheel and demonstrate how it can be used to design playful learning.
TitelProceedings of Design Research Society
RedaktørerD. Lockton, P. Hekkert, A. Oak, J. Sádaba, P. Lloyd
Publikationsdato16 jun. 2022
StatusUdgivet - 16 jun. 2022
BegivenhedDesign Research Society Conference 2022 - Bilbao, Spanien
Varighed: 25 jun. 20222 jul. 2022


KonferenceDesign Research Society Conference 2022


  • Fysisk aktivitet
  • leg
  • playful learning
  • cocreation
  • Computer Games