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Creating and constructing with the multifunctional didactic toy

Nataša Doutlik (2017) Creating and constructing with the multifunctional didactic toy. Diploma thesis.

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    The most common and at the same time most important activity for the children is the game. Children's play is enriched by toys that have to be quality, safe and designed to provide them as many challenges as possible. A toy must allow children various possibilities of use and provide motivationally rich game. Only this way the child will play with them for a longer period and he or she will not get bored. With such a toy the child will develop different abilities and the toy would cover minor expenses for the kindergarten. The theoretical part describes a game, toys, the creation and construction. The empirical part presents questionnaire’s results for the professional workers from the Kindergarten Kočevje and the Kindergarten Ribnica. According to survey we can summarize that professional workers use multifunctional toys at their work if those are available and they would like to see and use them more. They think that multifunctional toys are more suitable for children, since with their help children learn more skills at the same time and they distract child for a longer period, enrich the child’s imagination and make child more creative. Professional workers mostly use them to develop motor skills and to learn but less for play and socialize. As the most suitable material educators frequently chose wood and as the most suitable joints they chose velcros, plugs and buttons. Those findings were used in the design and production of a wooden multifunctional didactic toy described later in my diploma. Next there are displays of different possibilities of use for the new toy and the observing results from 1 to 6 years old children while playing with the toy. Observations were made in Kindergarden Kočevje Unit Čebelica. Children were very pleased with the new toy. The youngest were carrying cubes, they put them in their mouth, touching them, etc. but they did not merge them. With increasing children’s age the number of toy functions also increase. Older children were more creative and they were playing longer. Children discovered new ways of use and included toy in a symbolic game. Children of all ages and both sexes were included in the game. They mostly played in groups. During the diploma we discovered the need for quality multifunctional toys and created a new multifunctional toy which is now used by children in the kindergarten where I work. The toy impressed my colleagues from other units so I plan to make these toys also for them. In future we could add the toy new geometric bodies. It could also be explored what kind of joining elements are appropriate for preschool children.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: preschool child, play, multifunctional toy, construct
    Number of Pages: 47
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Stanislav AvsecMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4762
    Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 08:14
    Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 08:14
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4762

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