Manufacturers interested in participating in
the Guide send us samples of their toys, not all of which pass the
tests they are required to undergo. 54 companies have participated
in this edition, providing a total of 232 toys for study and analysis.
Of these, 40 were finally rejected. The remaining toys and the results
of their study and analysis are the main content of this Guide.
Before this Guide can be published, an arduous
process of selection, study and assessment of toys is undertaken
and co-ordinated by AIJU.
2. EDUCATIONAL STUDIES AND THEIR USE
They are carried out by AIJU's
Educational Department in collaboration with 13 toy libraries and
8 infant schools from all over Spain, as well as a considerable
number of families who, as consumers, have given their opinion about
the toys. These centres have witnessed the direct observation of
children's play with each toy for 100 hours in a free play environment,
analysing such factors as play and interest value, versatility,
reactions of children and parents, design, packaging, recommended
age, quality of instructions and learning potential, according to
system and the LOGSE (Law Regulating the Educational System in Spain).
addition, and in order to ascertain to what extent these toys could
be used by disabled children, we have benefited from the collaboration
of ONCE (Spanish Organisation for the Blind) and CEAPAT (State Centre
for Independence and Technical Assistance. Ministry of Employment
and Social Affairs). Both these bodies have helped us study the toys
from this perspective, and as a result, some of the symbols that accompany
each toy entry refer to their suitability for use by disabled children
(visual, auditory or motor).
Once the studies have been completed, those toys deemed to
be worthy of recommendation are included in this Guide. Primary schools,
toy libraries, paediatricians, local authorities, consumer organisations,
nursery schools, specialised journals and other cultural or play-related
bodies all participate in its distribution. This Guide has been published
in English and Spanish and is distributed nationally and internationally.