Educational associativity doll
Figure toy having tuned sound producers and indicia
Speech synthesizing indicia for interactive learning
Educational toy Patent #: 5478240
ApplicationNo. 095492 filed on 06/10/1998
US Classes:434/322, QUESTION OR PROBLEM ELICITING RESPONSE434/167, Spelling, phonics, word recognition, or sentence formation434/169, Electrical component included in teaching means434/327Correctness of response indicated to examine by self-operating or examinee actuated means
ExaminersPrimary: Hafer, Robert A.
Assistant: Miller, Bena B.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassG09B 003/00
AbstractThe present invention comprises a teaching toy that invites a child's interaction using an attractive play figure, for example a stuffed animal, to present more than one instructional modality in mixed formats. The child is presented with a declarative instruction, quizzing, and logical connections are induced in the child's mind via problem solving games, songs, and visual stimuli. Particularly, the present invention teaches and reinforces a child's knowledge of letter names, letter phonetics, colors, numbers, and social manners by use of visual, audial, and kinesthetic involvement of the child. If the inventive is presented in the form of a stuffed animal, the exterior of the animal would have a plurality of indicia that the child could press. The indicia is connected to switching circuitry and those switches activate a logic circuit containing preprogrammed instruction modalities and play methods. The instruction modalities are communicated using a variety of preprogrammed fun speech patterns so that the toy appears to talk to the child and provide instruction. Each inventive toy presents least two distinct instruction modalities, for example, i) stating the name of a symbol and ii) querying a name of a symbol and providing response as a function of the answer given.
Field of SearchBy means including electrical component
Electrical component included in teaching means
Correctness of response indicated to examine by self-operating or examinee actuated means
Phonograph, tape, or wire
Having sounding means
And internal mechanism to move figure portion
Fabric-covered stuffed figure