Willimantic, CT -- Faculty and student researchers at Eastern Connecticut State University are seeking nominations for the 2013 TIMPANI Toy Study. This annual study, conducted through Eastern's Center for Early Childhood Education, examines how young children in natural settings play with a variety of toys.
Faculty and student researchers observe how children play with the nominated toys and rate children's interactions on three subscales: thinking and learning, cooperation and social interaction, and self-expression and imagination. The study provides valuable information to parents and teachers about the types of toys that help children learn, and helps researchers understand how children's play with toys contributes to their overall development.
The highest-scoring toys in previous studies have included DUPLO bricks, a toy made by the LEGO Group; Hasbro's Tinker Toys; and Wooden Vehicles and Signs, made by Melissa and Doug, LLC.
Eastern is now seeking nominations of toys to be included in the 2013 study. Toys may be nominated by parents, grandparents, teachers and others not affiliated with the toy industry. To nominate a toy, visit www.easternct.edu/cece/timpani.html, or contact the Center for Early Childhood Education at (860) 465-0687. Nominations must be received by Feb. 1.