Field Notes On Creating An Empathy Toy

How can a wooden puzzle teach empathy? 


Simple wooden toys, on the other hand, can provide a tangible experience to help players understand this web of skills holistically. The Empathy Toy is a 3D puzzle game which requires creative collaboration. Once players have completed a play session, there is a discussion to focus on the many dimensions of empathy that it required. The easy to comprehend, physical experience of play ends up as a revealing metaphor for how these skills are applied (or overlooked) in other areas of the players’ lives. And because wooden puzzle pieces do not auto-correct language or thinking, interactions with them are clear reflections of the players.  


by Gonzalo Riva