Step 1: In your Learning Team, read and discuss the Week Three Electronic Reserve Readings.
As you discuss these articles, pay special attention to the following topics and issues:
Write a one-paragraph summary of the main findings from these articles, as they relate to the bulleted topics and issues.
Step 2: Within your Learning Team, investigate popular toys on the market today. You can use the internet or visit a toy store to do this research. See if you can find toys that fall into the four categories above: those that may promote aggression; those that may promote pro-social behavior; those that seem to encourage or discourage gender stereotyping; and those that seem to encourage or discourage cultural differences and/or stereotyping. Identify and investigate a minimum of four toys; one from each category. Discuss your observations about these four categories. Use the questions below as guidance for your team’s analysis of the toys.
How do toys influence behavior, self-concept, and identity?
Create a 2-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation of your findings including detailed speakers notes. Your presentation should summarize the four or more toys you investigated and present your findings on how toys influence development. Conclude your presentation with a discussion of the following:
After evaluating toys, what would you advise parents concerning how toys can influence the development of their children? What would you want them to be aware of and why?