Magic Tables: Purposeful play for all abilities

Two women playing a gardening game on the magic table

Experience the wonder of Magic Tables. Games, puzzles, and creative experiences are projected in an interactive space for all ages and abilities to explore and enjoy.

Magic Tables use specialised projection technology that was co-designed with seniors and caregivers in the Netherlands. Tovertafel is Dutch for "Magic Table". Sensors detect even the smallest of hand and arm movements and the games respond instantly. 

Engaging with Magic Tables has social, sensory, cognitive, and physical benefits, especially for people living with dementia, learning difficulties, and neurodiversity. The games create happy moments and have a positive impact on target groups. We call it purposeful play. 

You can play as a group, with a carer or by yourself. Our friendly library staff can show you the tables' features and different levels of fun.

Libraries with Magic Tables

Find our Tovertafels at:

All the Magic Tables are free to use but availability may vary during library opening hours across the four locations. To discuss best times to play or arrange a group booking, contact the library or email

Facilitating play

Watch this video for tips on facilitating play on a magic table.

Play video - starting a game on the Magic Table

Video transcript
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Libraries are working towards becoming dementia-friendly. This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland.

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