Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Yma N. Ríos Orlandi & Ana Luisa Baca Lobera
Mexico has always been proud of its traditional toys. Despite the lack of “research” on the developmental benefits of playing, there has been a longstanding production of marvelous toys throughout the last century, showing the importance of play as a social activity for children, and helping them acquire motor and cognitive skills. Effective learning aids have been used as toys in the sense that they have been useful to help acquire specific skills. Effective learning aids are toys because they provide meanings to manipulate them over and over to master the learning itself. Martine Mauriras from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said that there are any number of games across cultures that are excellent learning aids, even though the learning they provide has nothing to do with a regular school curriculum. Traditional play and games are instructive because most of the time they were designed to ...