ERIC Number: ED229137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Creative and Idealized Toys on Children's Play.
Suzuki, Kunio D.; And Others
Five preschool-age boys participated in a study of the effects of detailed and nondetailed toys on solitary creative play. In contrast to detailed, high-structure toys, nondetailed, low-structure toys were hypothesized to enhance creative play. In a multi-element design taking place over 13 daily sessions, detailed and nondetailed toys were introduced successively into a laboratory play setting, each for a 4-minute period. Occurrence of creative play, idealized play, the absence of play, detailed and general toy examination, tactual contact, laughter, verbalization, activity level, and destruction were recorded by two trained observers. Subjects' preferences for the toys were assessed at the end of each session by having their parents complete a questionnaire concerning their children's play preferences. Results showed that (1) nondetailed toys promoted more creative play than did detailed toys, and (2) detailed toys promoted more noncreative play than did nondetailed toys. Noncreative play, however, predominated overall. Detailed and general toy examination, as well as verbalization and destructiveness, increased across sessions. Children showed a strong preference, corroborated by parent reports, for detailed, noncreative toys. Discussion focused on the unanticipated results of toy examination and on a behavioral analysis of creative play. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Creative Play; Parent Reports
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Detroit, MI, April 21-24, 1983).