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Toy Analysis

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Daniella Lee

on 30 November 2012

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Piaget’s limitations at the preoperational stage are stimulated. Children at this stage of development are limited to “one-way logic”, which means “it is very difficult for the child to think backwards or imagine how to reverse the steps in a task.” (pg. 209-210) However, by moving the beads back and forth the child will develop the ability to reverse their thinking. When counting each individual bead, Piaget’s principle of counting is addressed. He “noted that children can say the number names, and even apply the names to a sequence of objects…” (pg. 217) In addition, the child is able to develop fine motor skills which involve "small muscle movements that are more limited and controlled." (pg. 174) In this case, moving the beads at different speeds along the tracks while simultaneously counting them will help further the child's fine motor skills and ability to count. To enhance motor skills, I would devise a sound system that would help the child count the beads in order to improve their ability to count to higher numbers as well as count accurately. Sensory Development: Spatial Relations Motor Skills:
Counting Principles
Cognitive Development TOY ANALYSIS PROJECT Description:
“We knew it was a great toy, we're just surprised at how long it's been around! First introduced to the United States in 1882, this popular classic bead maze toy provides the ideal opportunity for exploring three dimensions. Fun play and formal learning are accommodated as children develop fine motor skills and recognize shape, color, size and spatial concepts.”
http://www.fatbraintoys.com/toy_companies/hape/super_maze.cfm
Name: Super Maze
Age: 3+ up
Attention Span: According to Piaget's stages of information processing, “as children grow older, they are able to control their attention. Older children not only have longer attention spans; they also focus more accurately on what is important while ignoring irrelevant details.” (pg. 219) While playing with this toy, children will learn how to actively engage themselves in an activity without being distracted by their surroundings. Their focus is centered around the brightly colored beads and moving them along the tracks. In order to enhance this toy in terms of cognitive development, I would suggest adding more complex, unpredictable tracks and more beads. Cognitive challenges: spatial relations, attention span and counting principles.
The two focus areas for sensory development are sight and touch. A child is able to familiarize themselves with the colors, shapes and sizes of the beads while also focusing on spatial relations between the different tracks. Spatial relations is defined as the "capacity to perceive the visual-spatial world accurately and to perform transformations on one's initial perceptions." (pg. 362) With this toy, the child can "perform transformations" by predicting where the bead will end up when moved along the track and trace the path with their eyes as they move the bead. To enhance the Super Maze in regards to sensory development, I would add more variety to the beads in terms of size, shape and color to expose the child to more than just basic shapes and primary colors.
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