Character toy as consciousness development tool of a preschool child



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.

General Information

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

For citation: Smirnova E.O., Filippova I.V. Character toy as consciousness development tool of a preschool child. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2008. Vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 62–71. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena O. Smirnova, Doctor of Psychology, Рrofessor of the Department of Preschool Pedagogics and Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology of Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

I. V. Filippova, Educational Psychologist at the Scientific and Methodical Centre of Toys and Play, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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