Faculty and student researchers at Eastern Connecticut State University have named DUPLO bricks, a toy made by the LEGO Group, as the 2012 TIMPANI (Toys That Inspire Mindful Play and Nurture Imagination) Toy.
Eastern researchers will release the the results of the 2012 TIMPANI Toy Study at 10 a.m. today in the University’s Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC).
DUPLO bricks are colorful, plastic, interlocking building bricks. Parents and teachers know them as a larger version of the popular LEGO bricks, sized for use by preschool-aged children.
The annual study, conducted by Eastern faculty and students through Eastern’s Center for Early Childhood Education, examines how young children in natural settings play with a variety of toys. Toys are selected for the TIMPANI study based on recommendations from parents, teachers and faculty. After the toys are chosen, they are placed in the CFDRC’s preschool classrooms and rated on three subscales: thinking and learning, cooperation and social interaction, and self-expression and imagination. DUPLO Bricks and Environment, Inc.’s Rainbow People received the two highest overall scores in this year’s study.
Rainbow People, a set of 30 wooden figures in a variety of colors made by Environments, Inc., also scored highly and received an honorable mention.
Previous TIMPANI winners have included Hasbro’s Tinker Toys, and Wooden Vehicles and Signs made by Melissa and Doug, LLC, of Wilton.