The WePlaySmart® by Hatch is a multi-touch table designed to develop social-emotional skills as
2 or more children work together on fun activities. A recent study was conducted to determine whether preschoolers could and would exhibit
cooperation and collaboration when playing in small groups on a multi-touch table with interactive games.
With six game types of Uncover, Sort, Find, Vote, Turns, and Connect, children are presented with
information in a large variety of conceptual and cognitive formats to encourage symbolic thought and reasoning. Children are invited to
explore many roles. As these interactions occur with peers, children practice thinking about (considering and appropriately reacting to)
the viewpoints of their peers.
At the beginning of the study, only 46% of children were ready to learn to read and 72% were ready to learn math.