PLAY MATERIALS AND PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE IN SCIENCE ACTIVITY IN GATURI DIVISION, MURANG’A COUNTY

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The study sought to find out how play materials affect pre-school children’s
performance in science activities in Gaturi Division, Murang’a County. The study
employed the quasi experimental design. Data was collected by use of questionnaire;
interview schedules and an observation schedule. Data was analyzed using
descriptive statistics and inferential statistics and thereafter presented by use of
statistical means. The results were subjected to statistical tests which entailed chi-
square tests and two-sample t- test. The study established that the pre-schools had
access to valid types of play materials and they were geared towards specific skills
acquisition. The relationship between the pre-school administrators and the pre-
school teacher in play materials provision was found to be wanting and similarly
parental impact on play materials provision was minimal. The study was of the
opinion that enhanced relations between pre-school  teachers and the administrators
would ensure better play materials provision and match the needs of the learners
with the materials. Parental involvement would equally impact positively by way of
extending the learning environment to the homes. This will ensure enhanced science
activities in children.

Author: 
MAINA MARY WAIGWE
Unit: 
COMMTECH

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