Medium for Children’s Creativity: A Case Study of Artifact’s Influence

  • Nanna Borum
  • Kasper Kristensen
  • Eva Petersson Brooks
  • Anthony Lewis Brooks
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8514)


This paper reports on an exploratory study that investigates 16 elementary school children’s interaction with two different mediums for creativity, LEGO® bricks and paper collages, drawing on the previous creativity assessment test carried out by Amabile [1]. The study is based in a playful learning theoretical framework that is reflected in the means for analyzing the video material inspired by Price, Rogers, Scaife, Stanton and Neale [2]. The findings showed that the children explored the two mediums to the same degree, but that they were more structured in their planning and division on labor when working with LEGO bricks. It was also evident that the children assigned preconceived affordances to the two mediums. The results from this study should feed into to a technology enhanced playful learning environment and these are the initial steps in the design process.


Creativity Playful Learning Play Artifacts Technology Enhanced Learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nanna Borum
    • 1
  • Kasper Kristensen
    • 1
  • Eva Petersson Brooks
    • 1
  • Anthony Lewis Brooks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department for Architecture, Design and Media TechnologyAalborg UniversityDenmark

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