Moving Beyond Boundaries


Mobeybou is a research project that investigates the learning and socializing potential of digital manipulatives among young children. It aims at promoting the development of cognitive, social and language skills, within a multicultural framework.

We are currently developing a storytelling platform that allows children to interact with digital content through the manipulation of physical blocks.

What we do

Children use Mobeybou to create their own stories in a collaborative environment, supported by the eye-catching visuals of the tool. Enriched by ambient and background sounds that set the mood of their stories.

A set of story apps inform the children about the various cultures.

School Visits and Workshops

We’ve been testing Mobeybou in primary schools. Find more about these field studies in the blog page.

New Evaluation Tool

Paper Ladder

The Mobeybou Team

Cristina Sylla

Principal Investigator

Ana Caruso


Vítor Martins


Gabriela Sá


Francisco Sylla

Sound Design

Tiago Sampaio


João M. Moura


Maitê Gil


Íris Pereira


Demétrio Matos

Product Design


Multiculturalism and Creativity in Storytelling – Visual Development of a Digital Manipulative for Young Children

In Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Creativity & Cognition 2019, San Diego, CA, USA, June 23-26.

Designing Manipulative Tools for Creative Multicultural Storytelling

In Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Creativity & Cognition 2019, San Diego, CA, USA, June 23-26.

Visual Development Processes for a Multicultural Storytelling Tool

In Proceedings of ​CONFIA – 7th International Conference on Illustration and Animation, Viana do Castelo, Portugal, June 14-15.

Previous Work

These are the projects that paved the way to the creation of Mobeybou.


TOK – Touch, Organize, Create – is a platform consisting of an electronic surface that connects to a computer or tablet and identifies TOK blocks placed on it.


t-words is an interface for children to playfully explore sounds, words and sentences, while developing preliterate skills.                                                                                                                                           


​t-books consists of an electronic board, a book with slots and a set of picture cards that children place on the book to interact and explore the narrative.

Contact Us

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