2024
Lily Tregenza
Industrial Design and Technology BA
Interaction
Doodle Dot
Picture of current MIB team

Project Description

Research indicates that children who are socially isolated in the early years are more prone to experiencing symptoms of ADHD, loneliness, diminished job optimism, and reduced physical activity by the time they reach 18 years of age. Unfortunately, there is a lack of support in schools to address these challenges, exacerbating the issue. Tailored specifically for children aged 3 to 5, Doodle Dot presents a child-motivated solution. Promoting collaborative construction at school in an anxiety-reducing environment, Doodle Dot features a dynamic assortment of shapes, empowering children to build their own imaginative worlds. Peers can choose to join in from the other side of the play panel, expanding upon each other's creations without the need for verbal communication, thereby alleviating the pressure to directly engage with one another. Each child’s individual needs can be met, with no two doodles the same. Doodle Dot encourages imaginative pretend play while respecting the pace of children who may not yet be ready for collaboration. Play booths, with varying opacity, offer personal space, defined boundaries, and opportunities for children to develop social skills at their own pace.