ERIC Number: ED191548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Shopping for Toys: The Assessment of a Toy's Value.
Jeffery, Gary H.
This paper takes the position that toys can significantly modify children's behavior and that considerable care needs to go into the decisions one makes when buying a toy. Toys are regarded as educational aids and sources of potential learning. A given toy can provide a variety of lessons. Such lessons include: (1) learning about the various specific attributes of an object such as its texture, color, shape, weight, taste, etc.; (2) learning about objects as a whole and about dimensions of objects (uses, proportions, etc.); (3) learning about interpersonal relationships through the involvement of other persons in toy play; and (4) coordination and body-concept learning. Issues to be aware of in choosing toys are the esthetics of the toy, whether it is excessively realistic (which may result in reduced imagination), the degree of feedback from operation of the toy, the virtues of self-constructed as opposed to ready-made toys, the importance of emphasizing process as opposed to the possession of toys, and the virtues of durable as opposed to disposable toys. Other factors to consider are: a toy's compatibility (size, design, etc.) with other toys, and safety. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Consumer Evaluation
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian Home Economics Association National Conference (St. John's, Newfoundland, July 4, 1979).