Toys As Learning Materials for Preschool Children

Zimmerman, Lyndall D.; Calovini, Gloria
May 1971
Exceptional Children;May1971, Vol. 37 Issue 9, p642
Academic Journal
The article discusses the use of toys as learning materials to enrich the experiences of young children. In selecting the toys to be employed, considerations should be focused on preschool environments, objectives and goals of preschool curricula and basic principles of learning. The educational setting for children should be enticing and encouraging for the child to do explorations. It should include a playhouse, for role playing activities and an outdoor space, for big muscle play to develop the general and specific motor systems of a child. It is also important to set objectives and goals for preschool curricula to be able to focus on the areas of learning that certain educational toys may be able to satisfy. Toy selection for preschool children must include a knowledge in child development.


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