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This product is a stacking shape game, made for children to determine which wooden shape is stacked on which set of pegs. The game/puzzle set is designed to help develop dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and shape recognition. The toy is completely made of wood, with no flashing lights or electronic pieces, and the shape pieces are painted red, green, yellow, and blue. It is titled to be targeted toward toddlers from ages three to five. This product is interesting because it doesn’t utilize electronics and flashing lights to entertain the toddler or grab their attention. This makes this toy unique in this day and age.
From the ages of three to five, children are reaching many milestones when it comes to social behaviors, communication, dexterity, comprehension, and balance. At this point, they begin to learn even more deeply by experience and trial and error. Conversations between the child and caretakers become even more in depth and intricate, and learning by conversation becomes easier. Now that they have a greater concept of depth, shapes, and concepts.
In the research article I found, it discusses children’s use of inquiry and questioning to learn. However it also reports that children preschool-age rarely come to conclusions about their questions themselves through the use of things like observation and predictions (Hollingsworth 187). Therefore, through the use of this toy, the children may be able to discover things of their own doing, instead of asking others. They can also explore the variations of what they can do with the toy instead of just asking about you.
This product doesn’t directly apply itself to the main types of learning and growth that three to five year olds utilize. Where children this age are beginning to use their language skills to learn and utilize information in the world, this toy focuses more on dexterity and hand-eye coordination that is learned in earlier years and months. However, due to the smaller size of this toy, it is not necessarily safe in the use of small children that would be learning hand-eye coordination and dexterity. At that age, children also tend to put things in their mouths in order to understand and sense the world.
In conclusion, this toy does work just fine for children from ages three to five; however, it does nothing to help encourage the social and communicative growth for that age group. It does help with coordination and imaginative play, however, that is not necessarily necessary for the children. The puzzle-solving aspect of the toy is the only beneficial aspect of it.
Hollingsworth, Heidi L., & Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen (2016). Almost Everything We Do Includes Inquiry’: Fostering Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning With Preschool Teachers. Taylor Francis Online, 1, 187.