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The Cognitive Significance of Furniture Design for Children between the Ages 0-6

Deniz Demirarslan , Osman Sabahi Serdar Aytöre

Child has physical and mental developments. While physical development concerns anthropometrical data such as weight-length growth, mental development is determined by heredity and environmental conditions and has various characteristics in different perionds. In 0-6 age period, child?s sensations, perceptions, emotions and intuitions develop. Experiences manipulate bodily perceptions of the child. Senses and emotions in infancy differs in cognitive processes and constitute a system. In satisfaction of emotions such as love, trust, independence, success, esteem, and belongingness, child-furnitures have a significant role. The child in 0-6 period learns how to approach to stimulants, distinguish objects in terms of shape, size and function and develops a sensibility for color, light and texture. Furnitures and other objects independently gain their significance in relevance to each other in the space. It can be deduced that child gets through a dense learning process and its development is at its peak in this period. This process can be directed by the stimuli from a well- designed environment and objects. Hence, it is very important that the objects in child?s environment should be designed according to development processes of the child, taking emotional criteria into account..

child, infancy, furniture, emotional design, cognitive development, play, play thing