The Playworld projects explore a historically new form of play, one in which adults and children enter into a common fantasy, often using folk stories recorded in books as a key organizing artifact. Playworlds are dramaturgical classroom interventions that focus on emotional experience and aesthetic relation to reality through involving children and adults in staged as well as spontaneous pretend play. Children and adults bring a piece of children’s literature to life through scripted and improvisational acting, costume and set design, and multimodal rehearsal and reflection. Playworlds are grounded in the theories of L. S. Vygotsky of Russia, G. Lindqvist of Sweden and Pentti Hakkarainen of Finland, and are designed to enable adults and children to engage in joint pretense as a means of promoting the emotional, cognitive, and social development of both children and adults. To date Playworld Projects have been established in Finland, Japan, Sweden, and the United States.
For more information, please visit the Play Worlds Project Page at the LCHC Website.