Developing Toy Design Criteria For Visually Impaired Children: A New Play Set Design


ABSTRACT Throughout history there have been two vital elements that naturally support child development: ‘play’ and ‘toy’. Many scientific studies on the development of children have underlined the essential role of toys and play tools, as the objects of the play activity. However, play tools and toys designed for visually impaired children are inadequate. The study has been constructed upon an observation study carried out in the nursery and first grade classes in a primary school for visually impaired children. Based on observation study, the study has stated toy design criteria for visually impaired children to improve their skills. Underlining the design criteria, the study is finalized with a play set design to support them in their daily lives.