Nursery toy ban;Child File;The week in education;Briefing;News amp; Opinion

19th November 1999 at 00:00
CHILDREN at a Munich nursery are having their toys taken away for three months a year, during which they are allowed to play only with a few chairs, table and blankets.

Researchers Rainer Strick and Elke Schubert wanted to show that the children could play happily and creatively when they are not being "suffocated" by toys.

Though the experiment has worked well, teacher Gisela Marti thought the idea would not work in Britain, because, unlike British nurseries "we don't teach them letters or maths. That comes later. First we try to help them be happy, secure and self-confident."

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