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Simple jigsaw puzzles
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Source : [Educational toys] [toy]
Format : Toy
Dimensions : 130 x 220 mm (clown); 230 x 20 mm (ship)
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

A wooden clown tray puzzle and a wooden ship tray puzzle. Consisting of only a few pieces these simple puzzles are designed for very young children. Made of painted wood they are tough enough to withstand the repeated handling by children the childcare centre from which they came.

In the 17th century educational theorist John Locke believed that play and recreation were learning for children. Later educationalists agreed and suggested that young children should not be left too long without external stimulus. The age of the educational toy had arrived. Toys which assist the development of hand/eye coordination and spatial concepts include simple jigsaws, posting and nesting boxes and babushka dolls.
Period : 1946-1979
Further reading :

Goldstein, Jeffrey H. (ed.) Toys, play, and child development, Cambridge [England]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994

Hewitt, Karen. Educational toys in America, 1800 to the present, Burlington, Vt.: Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, c1979

Opie, Iona. The treasures of childhood: books, toys and games from the Opie collection, London: Pavilion, 1989

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