I used week 14 and 15 to continue and complete my research,
The role of colours in toys:
Colour psychology is very important when it comes to designing a toy, each colour evokes a particular emotion or feeling. The ranking of colour preference internationally blue and flowed by red, green, violet, orange and yellow.
■Red stimulates brain activity and makes one hungry. The colour is bright enough to grab a person’s attention and attract them towards it. However, if overused it can be disturbing; red tends to increase your heart rate.
■Green is a very calming and relaxing colour, it tends to soothe your senses as it is associated with nature.
■Yellow is a very powerful colour that challenges the eye and is overwhelming. Children love the colour but as the grow up they tend to dislike the colour.
■Purple is not a very common colour as it is not so prominent in nature but children tend to like the colour.
■Black, brown, and grey very dull colours that are seldom preferred by kids, they tend to lower a child’s IQ. If a child uses excess of these colours it shows depression, fear and defiance.
■Black and white as a colour scheme lowers a child’s IQ and dulls learning.
■Bold reds and oranges increases a child’s IQ by 12 points by attracting a child’s attention to detail.
The importance of shapes in the development of a child-
Studying and learning shapes help a child understand simple geometry. For young kids, this involves recognizing and naming simple shapes and their attributes. So preschool children learn through shapes and you can reinforce their understanding by using words like “square,” “circle,” “triangle,” “pentagon” and “hexagon.” They understand and differentiate shapes by counting the sides and corners.
The importance of textures in the development of a child-
■Sensory exploration is a child’s way of examining, discovering, categorizing, and making sense of the world, and it’s beneficial to provide them with opportunities for sensory play. Playing with different textures helps a child learn new ways of talking about the world. Sensory play regulates discomfort whatever the discomfort may be.
■Therefore, preschool toys play a huge role in the development of a child and so does the elements colour, shape, material and texture of the toy.