Always been a part of the child’s world! Simple, home-made, complex or high tech. Provide entertainment Educational, encourage creativity Encouraging development
Skill and abilities needed to work a toy. Challenging enough to stimulate interest, creativity and further development Physical (coordination/motor skills) Mental (creative and problem solving) Social (cooperation, team mates, friends)
Isthe toy interesting to look at? Does it grab your attention? Colour, sound, texture, weight, movement. Response to child’s action. “Attraction” factor depends on the child. Older children are attracted to “realness” of a toy.
Can the toy stand up to the kid? Unbreakable Washable materials The longer a toy can last, the better. Toys are expensive!
Can a child use the toy over time? Number of ways to enjoy a toy. Allowsfor the changing maturity/interest of the child. Example: sports equipment
Playing rough, dropping, throwing Putting the toy in their mouth Soft/Flexible vs. Hard/Breakable Materials that do not attract bacterial growth (mold, mildew)
Different stages of play (how they play and who with) Encouragea variety of activities (individual and cooperative) Design should allow for minimum supervision Cause frustration? Limitations (batteries)
Is the toy easy to keep track of? Designed so that all parts stay together. Can missing parts make toy unusable?
Are the materials safe? Biodegradable or recyclable Durability – Toys that can be passed along to siblings or other families Howwas the toy produced? Child labour, working conditions, Canadian made.
Sometimes the cheapest and simplest are the best!! Cost varies widely Quality over quantity Expensivetoy is worth it is all the other factors apply.
What were some of the simplest and most entertaining toys you had as a child?
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