Topics: Play, Childhood, Learning Pages: 4 (2120 words) Published: October 30, 2014

Early Childhood Education and Play
Assignment 1
Adriana Cristina de Oliveira
QQI – Diploma Chilcare

Early Childhood Education and Play
Assignment brief
The assignment should be to assess the value of playing with a particular toy in the development and education of early childhood. The chosen toy is Play-Dough– Super moulding mania, with 45 plus accessories suitable for children from 3 years onwards. Aim:

Assess the value of the chosen toy (Play-dough) for the child in a way that allows the child to learn and develop while playing. Rationale:
The Play-dough can benefit the child in so many ways in the area of development; the child learns manual skills, they use their imagination and creativity, explore and learn about the world. We can see how the play dough can impact on the child’s physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development. Description of chosen toy:

The toy chosen is Play-Dough Super moulding. It is soft modelling dough suitable for children over 3 years old. It is easy to model as it is soft, water-based and non-toxic. This toy comes in a yellow cardboard package (e.g. see on appendix A) and includes 45 plus accessories. The cutters include different animal and insect figures, tree shapes, squeeze poppers and a rolling pin, coming with three tubs of dough in blue, red and green colours that can be freely mixed. They are made in plastic and are washable, and easy and safe for small hands to manipulate. The product price in the market is €12.99. List the range of criteria by which the toy will be assessed: The material chosen is enjoyable for younger children from the age of 3 years old, it is suitable for all genders, and we can implement the play as a challenge for the children; we can also introduce it as therapy for special needs children. Play dough is a simple and common toy children love to play with - moulding, sculpting, rolling, squeezing etc. They can use their imagination and creativity. The properties of...

Bibliography: Sharma, A. and Cockerill H. – 2014 – Mary Sheridan’s From Birth to Five Years 4th ed. New York – Pg 50-53
NCC – National Council Curriculum and Assessment – AISTEAR – The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework – Exploring and Thinking Pg. 44 and Learning and Developing through play - Pg.56
Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No 2) Regulations 2006 and Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No 2) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 – Dublin – Part II – Regulation 5 – Health, welfare and development of the Child - Pg 35-36
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