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Transcript of Toy Analysis
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.”
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.