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Character toy as consciousness development tool of a preschool child
Filippova I.V., Educational psychologist at the scientific and methodical centre of Toys and Play., Moscow, Russia, email@example.com
Smirnova E.O., Doctor in Psychology, Head of the Center for Psychological and Pedagogical Expertise of Play and Toys, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Article describes functions of the character toy in the play and its role in the life of a preschool child. Attention is drawn to the fact that character toy is a tool of self-expression and adoption of social experience. A toy is considered to be a tool of going beyond the apparent situation and as a communication partner that allows to realize own feelings. In such sense character toy becomes a psychological tool. Qualities of the toy that allow it to perform the function of a psychological tool are analyzed. Main criteria of character toys' psychological expertise are verified.
Column: Developmental Psychology