Educational? Yes. Therapeutic? Possibly. But these are side benefits; at heart, play is about fun. And the future of play is about taking all the things kids do for fun—tell stories, act silly, play games, build stuff—and expanding it to include not only the real world and the digital world, but the blending of those two via mobile devices, immersive reality technologies, social networks, and online worlds. Think of the future of play as the rise of cross-dimensional playgrounds.
The structure and purpose of play is not going to change in the next decade. What is changing rapidly is the environment and infrastructure of play: where play happens, whom it happens with, and what materials are employed. In the report, we forecast several key directions for kidstech and play.