Learning at the Farm: Developmental Psychology in Peekaboo Barn


Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology studied Peekaboo Barn and published a paper praising the app for its successful approach to integrating play and learning.

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Some of their findings:

At a surface level, Peekaboo Barn is popular because it builds on familiar cultural themes and understandings of childhood, but it works because of the ways in which it incorporates sophisticated learning strategies and best practices in the development of educational experiences for young children.
The playful experiences provided by Peekaboo Barn are a large part of why the game is so effective; the educational content (animal names and sounds) are embedded in a lightly narrative context that is, at its heart, based on the incredibly simple and incredibly old game of peekaboo. This is not just good game design; it is good educational practice. Play is fundamental to games, but it is equally integral to learning.
Peekaboo Barn may not feel like a learning games, but this does not mean that learning is not occurring, rather it means that the educational content is so carefully integrated that it feels like play itself.
In Peekaboo Barn, we see how deeply effective even a light engagement with key pedagogical principles can be for optimizing play experiences for toddlers.

Learning at the Farm: Developmental Psychology in Peekaboo Barn
Carly A. Kocurek, Jennifer L. Miller
Well Played, Volume 6, Number 3, 2017