Project Description

We created a toy to promote gross and fine motor skills in child development.

The toy I created was an abacus, it is a rectangular-shaped frame with rows of 5 colorful wooden sticks along with a total of 15 colorful beads. Each row has a specific number of beads that are arranged in ascending order on each stick.

The outer part is painted black with white glitters and alphabet stickers by the sides and shapes on top.

Content: The top 3 things I learned from this showcase were:

I learned that my toy would be appropriate for a 4 to 5 years old child to further develop their motor skills development.

I learned my toy could assist in a child’s cognitive development on learning how to count, pronounce words, reason and arithmetic skills.

I also learned that my toy could also promote a child’s physical development from touching, holding, pointing and moving things.

Culture: This project relates or connects to my family, background, peers, community or my own personal interests in these ways:

Abacus has been used during the times of our forefathers to teach children and adults on how to count.

All cultures learn to count, therefore it does not have any languages so it can be utilized cross-culturally.

I once used this type of toy when I was 4 to 5 years old to learn how to count and my culture utilizes this toy as well.

Metacognition: In reflection, one thing that I would have done differently during my journey with this showcase is:

Assembling my project was difficult. I would have painted the big round wooden beads and wooden sticks first before gluing them to the carton.

Social/Emotional: One thing I am most proud of by completing this showcase is:

One thing that I am most proud of is that I was able to create toy for 4 to 5 years old that would assist the child in learning on how to count, pronounce letters of the alphabet, and know the different types of shapes.

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