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 Children Toys
By: Jay Freeman
   16 Feb 07

Analyzed numerous children’s toys ranging from infancy
to six yrs of age. Focused on the development aspects of
motor skills, eye/hand coordination, communication skills,
visual and sound stimulation, and learning skills.
Demonstrated how children’s toys can play an important
role in developing the crucial skills needed for their
development throughout their lifespan.
Children and parents interact with toys on a very different
level. Children play with toys not knowing that they are
not only for fun, chewing on, and throwing but they assist
them in developing certain skills. Parents buy toys to help
define their children’s learning skills and for their child’s
enjoyment. Adults also use toys to help rehabilitate
children in hospitals and even if they don’t know it they
choose certain toys that are gender specific.
     Purpose of Current Research

The purpose for this experiment is to see how children
develop in an environment where toys are an important
part of their learning process. To understand how toys
assist parents in teaching their children important skills.

Children’s toys effect how children develop throughout their
• Visited the website www.highlights.com to examine kids
outdoor games and toys.

• Visited the website www.toystogrowon.com to examine
numerous children’s toys.

• Collected four articles from the MSU Library for background
information on child development and toys.

• Examined how children’s toys from these different stores can
help in the development of crucial skills needed to help children
successfully develop.

• Visited Toys R Us and examined 15 toys ranging in ages from
birth to 6 yrs of age.

The results of this experiment was that Child Development has many
factors. Toys help children starting at birth to develop in their
environment. Parents now have more resources to get the best
products for their children to play with and learn. Gender
stereotyping with toys happens daily without a conscious thought
about it. The saying boys need to play with boy toys and girls with
girl toys is common. Hospital toys are used and needed to help
children recover and rehabilitate. Overall, there are many toy makers
who claim that their toy is the best for learning a certain skill.
Although the toy companies claim their toys are the best, they all do
the same thing.
Visited Toys R Us and examined toys starting with infants. The first toy was a Gummy
Guppy teathing toy made by Sassy and a Peek A Boo Panda Bood made by Fisher Price
also a teathing toy. This toy was multicolored with four different textured surfaces.
This toy fits in with Sigmund Freud’s oral stage of development. Next group of toys
are for toddlers and go along with Piaget’s sensorimotor stage of gevelopment. Musical
Learning Table made by Fisher Price emphasizes learning colors, numbers and sounds
though music. Electronic Walker Andador Musical made by B.R. Bruin assist children
in learning how to walk and recognize shape. The children have to put the right shape
in to the correct hole. Next was Musical Stacking Rings made by B.R. Bruin. (Print
out on left of toy sold by Toys R Us). Teaches order with shapes through visual and
sound stimulation. Next was Magnet Capital Letters made by Playskool. Teaches how
to spell and also comes in braille. A 200 piece wooden block set made my Imaginarium
(Print out on right of toy sold by Toys R Us). Encourages hand eye coordination,
develops motor skills, and demonstrates cause and effect. These toys range in price
from $31.99 down to $3.99. Next toys examined were for children ages 5 and up.
These two toys came in blue and pink to represent gender type toys. The were both
computer toys that taught how to spell, read, and do math. One was more expensive
than the other and both make by V Tech. The idea of one is a boys computer and the
other being a girls computer. According to the article Social Interactions and Play
Patterns of Parents and Toddlers with Feminine, Masculine, and Neutral Toys, many
children display toy preferences for boy/girl toys by time they are 18-24 months of age.
(Caldera, Yvonne M., & Huston, Althea C. 1977). According to a study by Marion
Still McDowell labeled Frequency of Choice of Play Materials by Pre-school
Children, boys ranging from 2-4 when given the option of different toys tend to
choose building blocks and construction material to play with. Girls in the same age
group tend to play with toys used in playing house. This study also demonstrates that
children even at an early age identify with gender specific toys. (McDowell, Marion
Still, 1937). Another toy examined was a Marching Band Kit made by First Act
Discovery inspires learning through music. Intellectual development, emotional
development, physical development and social interaction. This toy goes along with
Vygotsky’s opinion about social development within children. The website for
highlights demonstrated how children learning books also help develop hand and eye
coordination through the many activities in the book. This book is available for a
subscription at around $10-12 dollars a month. Another website studied was
toystogrowon.com which is similar to Toys R Us. They sell toys for enjoyment and
also to assist children in their learning process. The final point examined in this
project was how children toys are used in a hospitals to help rehabilitate them. This
study led by Grace Langdon, PhD called A Study of the Uses of Toys in a Hospital.
Her conclusions were that toys can play a vital role in helping children recover in a
hospital setting. (Langdon, Grace, PhD, 1948).
• Caldera, Yvonne M., Huston, Althea C., O’Brien, Marion (1989).
       Social Interactions and Play Patterns of Parents and Toddlers
       with Feminine, Masculine, and Neutral Toys. Child
       Development, 60, 70-76. Retrieved February 12, 2006,
       from the PsycArticles database.
• Eckerman, Carol O., and Whatley, Judith L. (1977). Toys and
      Social Interaction between Infant Peers. Child Development,
      48, 1645-1656. Retrieved February 12, 2006, from the
      PsycArticles database.
• Langdon, Grace, PhD (1948). A Study of the Uses of Toys in a
      Hospital. Child Development, 19, 198-205. Retrieved
      February 12, 2006, from the PsycArticles database.
• McDowell, Marion Still (1937). Frequency of Choice of Play
     Materials by Pre-School Children. Child Development, 8,
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store in Wichita Falls, Tx.