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Yau, C. M., & Wong, J. V. P. (2004). Using toys to teach science. In L. C. Chew (Ed.), Innovation & enterprise: Education for the new economy: Proceedings for the ERAS Conference (pp. 460-473). Singapore: Educational Research Association.
This paper is on the use of toys to aid in science education and to share various issues and
implications relating the use of toys in teaching. The rationale of using toys for education;
the relations and impact of using toys to teach; the advantages of using toys; the
classifications of toys and descriptions of how toys are being used are depicted in this
article. To date, a collection of more than 300 toys has been compiled. In this paper, five
selected toys are featured, namely: 1) Drinking Bird, 2) Floating Pen, 3) Pecking Chickens,
4) Cross-Joint, and 5) Mirror Mirage. For each toy, coloured photographs and diagrams are
illustrated with explicit explanations on the functionality of the toy, theories involved,
topics of interests and some questions for further investigations. In conclusion, we
advocate that the use of toys have enormous potentials in education and can be integrated
in various subject disciplines in different levels of school science education.
This paper was published in the Proceedings of ERAS Conference held in Singapore from 24-26 November 2004
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