The Center for Early Childhood Education is now accepting nominations for the 2012 TIMPANI Toy Study. The annual scientific study works to identify toys that best engage preschool-aged children in intellectual, creative, and social interactions. The study:
- Helps preschool teachers make good decisions about what toys to put in their classrooms
- Gives parents information about the kinds of toys that help children learn the most
- Helps researchers understand how children's play with toys contributes to their development
We need help from parents, teachers, early childhood faculty, and others who work with or care for young children to identify promising toys that should be studied. (We do not accept nominations from toy manufacturers.) Nominated toys are placed in preschool classrooms with hidden video cameras. Researchers then rate the toys based on how children play with them. Results are shared through press releases, conference presentations, and our website.
To nominate a toy, visit http://7.selectsurvey.net/easternct/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n42K7n4.
Update on 2/2/12: Nominations for the 2012 study are now closed. You may nominate a toy for the 2013 study at: https://7.selectsurvey.net/easternct/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n220l8m.