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Thesis (M.S.)--University of Nebraska--Lincoln, 1974. Department of Human Development and the Family.


Copyright 1974, the author. Used by permission.


When analyzing the initial and immediate preference of nursery school children for realistic or semi-abstract toys, the realistic toys were preferred by more children. In many instances, the preference was high enough to constitute a significant difference between the two categories of toys. Because the preferences were immediate, one cannot totally disregard the popular belief that realistic toys tend to fascinate children but this interest will quickly decline. At the same time it is important to realize that young children, nearing the age of five years, do begin to view life more realistically and prefer toys that also appear real to life.

Advisor: John C. Woodward.