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Production of didactic toys to children aged 3–6 years

Ani Fajdiga (2013) Production of didactic toys to children aged 3–6 years. Diploma thesis.

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    The motivation for writing my diploma thesis titled Production of didactic toys to children aged 3–6 years came during arts and crafts course at the faculty when I made some didactic toys and took them to the kindergarten. There I observed how children eagerly examined the toys and asked me lots of questions about them with curiosity. Since there are not many good toys with which the children can play in the kindergarten, a thought sprang to mind that the children could acquire new knowledge through play and would become more creative if they made their own didactic toys. I decided to make two didactic toys together with the children which would be suitable for play in the kindergarten. Through the process of making the toys, the children would get to know different materials, different techniques of treating the materials and different tools. In the theoretical part of the diploma thesis, I explained what play and toys are, what kind of children's play and toys exist, and elaborated on the importance of play and toys for a child's development. I also touched upon the question of whether games and toys differ depending on the gender of a child and which toys are suitable for a particular age group. I described and focussed on the most common material (paper and wood) that is used for the production of didactic games. In the empirical part of the diploma thesis, I wanted to find out where the children would draw ideas from for making the toys, would the ideas be imaginative, completely new, or the ones they had already been familiar with. Then, together with the children, through creative and technical processes, we transformed the material into a new creation, i.e. a toy, which gave us a lot of creative opportunities and new skills; from technical, technological, physical, modelling and social experience. During this process, we invited the parents to come and participate and in this way we motivated them to think about what a good toy is, a toy that means something to a child and from which the child can get some new insights. Together with the children, we made two new didactic toys and in this way got a new children’s play corner in the kindergarten. The photographs depict the process of the toy making, the final product and the interaction of the children with the newly made toys and their play. The progress of the activities which I carried out in the kindergarten was described and evaluated

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: toy, play, didactic toy, technique, wood, paper, cardboard, children, creativity
    Number of Pages: 42
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    pred. Matjaž JaklinMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9778249)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1753
    Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 14:17
    Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 14:17
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1753

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