Social-cognitive development and toys

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This review examines research and theory pertaining to the relation between social-cognitive development and toys. Empirical research establishes a moderate relation between the availability of toys and children's development throughout early childhood, a relation that appears to reflect more than an association with social status. The relation appears bidirectional and varies somewhat according to sex and race. Several aspects of psychological theory appear to describe part of the relation between social-cognitive development and use of toys. These include cognitive developmental theory (Piaget), theory relating learning and development (Vygotsky and Feuerstein), script theory (Bretherton), theories of intrinsic motivation (Berlyne, Bruner, and Yarrow), and theories relating play to development (Mueller and Dunn).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-29
Number of pages19
JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


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  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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