Philadelphia: Instructo Products Co., 1966. First edition. Box (9 x 11 x 3 in.) enclosing forty-nine (of fifty-two) die-cut, color-printed board figures. With a 2-pp. teacher’s instruction sheet on color-printed Instructo Products Co. letterhead and plastic stands for the figures. The figures include backgrounds of home interiors, family members, pets, and furniture. Some wear to hinges and labels and some chipping to edges of instruction sheet. The board figures are bright and clean. Despite a few lacking pieces, a very good, attractive example of this rare educational tool that teaches creativity, social skills, organization, and sharing through roleplay. Enclosed in a light green plastic box with a hinged clasping lid. Titled on color-printed labels (one on box lid and one on side of box). Item #17279
The teacher information sheet reads, “This kit contains illustrations which fit into various groupings, improving organizing and classifying skills. Picture interpretation and creative thinking are fostered as children identify each illustration and create various scenes. Further, the kit extends their backgrounds of experience and enlarges their previous understandings of possible home and family relationships. Social skills, learning to share ideas and materials, and communicating thoughts and feelings, develop as children work together using the activity kit and share the product of their work with their classmates.” The theory behind this kit stems from the Open Education movement of the mid-twentieth century, which focused on creativity and learning through play, especially through roleplaying and group storytelling among children. Friedrich Froebel pioneered methods of educating through play, which influenced the Open Education movement and continue to undergird early childhood education in the western world. Elements of psychoanalysis and child therapy techniques are also apparent in the theory behind this kit — roleplaying, processing home life and family relationships through abstract methods (e.g., telling stories and playing with toys), and developing social skills through cooperative play with other children.
OCLC records no copies. We could not locate any other copies in commerce at this time (August 2022).