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Verenikina, I. & Herrington, J. (2009). Computer game design and the imaginative play of young children. In F. GArzotto (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 254-257). Como, Italy: ACM.


This paper discusses preliminary findings of the study of computer game design in relation to current understanding of imaginative play and its developmental value for young children. The crucial role of children's play in their development is well documented. A number of criteria, which are essential in building a foundation for children's cognitive development in play, were identified based on a literature review of the theoretical and empirical studies of child's play. The identified criteria were utilized to observe two young children playing various types of computer games to explore the opportunities that the games provide for imaginative play in the early childhood years.

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