HPC 3O1 - Toys!

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HPC 3O1 - Toys!

  1. 1. What Makes a Good Toy?
  2. 2.  Always been a part of the child’s world! Simple, home-made, complex or high tech. Provide entertainment Educational, encourage creativity Encouraging development
  3. 3.  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)
  4. 4.  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.
  5. 5.  Can the toy stand up to the kid? Unbreakable Washable materials The longer a toy can last, the better. Toys are expensive!
  6. 6.  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
  7. 7.  Playing rough, dropping, throwing Putting the toy in their mouth Soft/Flexible vs. Hard/Breakable Materials that do not attract bacterial growth (mold, mildew)
  8. 8.  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)
  9. 9.  Is the toy easy to keep track of? Designed so that all parts stay together. Can missing parts make toy unusable?
  10. 10.  Are the materials safe? Biodegradable or recyclable Durability – Toys that can be passed along to siblings or other families How was the toy produced? Child labour, working conditions, Canadian made.
  11. 11.  Sometimes the cheapest and simplest are the best!! Cost varies widely Quality over quantity Expensivetoy is worth it is all the other factors apply.
  12. 12. What were some of the simplest and most entertaining toys you had as a child?

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