One of the tasks after last week’s playtesting was to research more on the kids development and look into appropriate toys for different age groups.

Below are our key findings.

We found out that 2 year olds are really different from 3 year olds (I honestly thought there’s no much difference). At the age of 3 kids start:

  • Understand the idea of same and different
  • Follow three-part commands
  • Sort objects by shape and color
  • Complete age-appropriate puzzles
  • Recognize and identify common objects and pictures
  • More easily handle small objects and turn a page in a book
  • Build a tower with four or more blocks
  • Work toys with buttons, levers and moving parts
  • Understand words like “in,” “on,” and “under”

Also, at this age kids’ imagination goes crazy and they start asking a lot of questions, so it’s a great age to focus on.

Three-year-olds can also count up to five (which means we can do more than three objects) and begin to recognize written numerals “0” through “9”.

They start grasping objects as the small muscles in their fingers get more developed (this works both for puzzle and building objects on one another). They start noticing qualities of sound and light, which leads to them experimenting with making sounds and recognizing different sources of light.

Being three year old kids start leading the game and only mastering one level, parents should step in and suggest extra activity and then leave the kids alone again.

Key takeaways for our idea

  1. As kids still put things in their mouths, we need to focus on bigger pieces.
  2. No sharp edges and points.
  3. Bright colors as it will keep kids interest up.
  4. Building blocks will encourage kids’ interest in concepts like same/different, patterned/planned, classifying, and sorting.
  5. Building objects will help children learn about science and number concepts, and wood blocks will help children learn about geometry, gravity, shapes, and balance. They will practice problem solving as they figure out how things work.

Explored websites

Early Childhood News

Zero To Three

The Attached Family

PBS

CDC

BabyCenter

Creativity Institute

KC also shared this amazing thesis work by one of the ITP alumns, I find it super interesting and would like to have one of these myself.

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