|Objects that elicit stories from children:
Children tell amazing stories with
their toys. Having toys and a world in which they can immerse themselves help them tell
their stories. In fact, they don't think about making stories. They narrate naturally with
their toys. Instead of letting those stories slip away, STORYMAT captures the stories, the
motion of the toys, and the place they were told, for them or other children to see and
Objects as conversational partners:
The mat recognizes the toys and their movement. When children tell their stories on
the mat, the mat tells stories back that are related to the children's stories.
Children see and hear their stories and other children's stories that were played on the
mat previously. In listening to the stories of others as well as their own, children
react by telling more stories and telling stories collaboratively.