Awayvirus: a playful and tangible approach to improve children's hygiene habits in family education

Xiang Qi, Yaxiong Lei*, Shijing He*, Shuxin Cheng

*Corresponding author for this work

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Despite various playful and educational tools have been developed to support children's learning abilities, limited work focuses on tangible toys designed to improve and maintain children's hygiene perception, habits and awareness, as well as fostering their collaboration and social abilities in home education contexts. We developed Awayvirus to address this research and design gap, aiming to help children gain hygiene habits knowledge through tangible blocks. Our findings indicate that a playful tangible interaction method can effectively increase children's interest in learning and encourage parents to become actively involved in their children's hygiene and health education. Additionally, Awayvirus seeks to build a collaborative bridge between children and parents, promoting communication strategies while mitigating the adverse effects of the challenging the post-pandemic period.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-computer interaction – INTERACT 2023
Subtitle of host publication19th IFIP TC13 international conference, York, UK, August 28 – September 1, 2023, Proceedings, Part II
EditorsJosé Abdelnour Nocera, Marta Kristín Lárusdóttir, Helen Petrie, Antonio Piccinno, Marco Winckler
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783031422836
ISBN (Print)9783031422829
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2023
EventIFIP TC13 International Conference (INTERACT 2023) - York, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Aug 20231 Sept 2023
Conference number: 19

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceIFIP TC13 International Conference (INTERACT 2023)
Abbreviated titleINTERACT 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Playful learning
  • Tangible
  • Children hygiene habits


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