ca. 1930

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

For toddlers, play functions not only as a source of amusement, but also as a way for them to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Children at this age-approximately one to three years-engage in what developmental psychologist Jean Piaget called "practice play," which consists of repeated patterns of movement or sound. Through repetition, toddlers improve their motor skills and gain a greater understanding of simple cause-and-effect relationships. They might learn, for instance, that when they hit the keys of a piano, the keys will make noise, and that this same outcome will happen every time they hit the keys. Toddlers therefore gravitate towards toys with sensory appeal and a repetitive nature, such as this clown rolly-doll which, when tipped, always returns to the upright position.

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  • Title: Rolly-doll:Clown
  • Date Created: ca. 1930
  • Location: Germany
  • Subject Keywords: clown
  • Type: Baby and Toddler Toys
  • Medium: papier-mache, paint, varnish
  • Object ID: 78.3451