The aim of the present study was to investigate the development of cognitive and manual skills in a sample of 48 children aged from 3 to 6 years in playing situations with toys to be assembled that usually are associated to edible products in the same packaging. The experimental observation made on children’s manipulations in building these toys allowed us to investigate the development of cognitive skills during an object identification phase (when the parts of the toy are not assembled), the development of motor skills, observing the children’s behavior mainly during the toy assembling phase, and finally the improvement of the child’s self-esteem by analysing the children’s verbal expressions and playing behaviors with the whole toy. The main results sustain an increasing of cognitive and fine motor skills during the years, and particularly an increasing of positive attitude that is fundamental for the child’s self-esteem. The use of manipulative objects to be assembled seems to be a way to promote the development of specific fundamental childhood skills.
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|Titolo:||Interaction of children with toys to be assembled: A way to promote the development of cognitive and manual skills.|
|Autori:||Franchin, Laura; Donati, C.; Benelli, B.; Zobec, F.; Berchialla, P.; Cemin, M.; Gregori, D.|
|Titolo del periodico:||THE ERGONOMICS OPEN JOURNAL|
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.2174/1875934301104010055|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista (Journal article)|