Media Advisory: Eastern to Reveal TIMPANI Toy Study Results on Dec. 4

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (12/03/2018) Tomorrow, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m., Eastern Connecticut State University will reveal the results of its 2017-18 TIMPANI toy study. TIMPANI stands for "Toys that Inspire Mindful Play and Nurture Imagination." The annual study investigates how young children play with a variety of toys, and identifies toys that best engage children in intellectual, creative, social and verbal interactions.

The reveal and press conference will occur at 10 a.m. (Dec. 4) in the Joinery of the Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE). The Joinery is located between the CECE and the Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC).

Following, members of the press will be able to photograph and video record the winning toy in action at the university's preschool.

The event will also recognize four Eastern undergraduate students who worked on the most recent study and include a short video of children playing with the highest-scoring toy.

See last year's results here:


Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut's public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 163 of Connecticut's 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 26 other states and 20 other countries. A residential campus offering 40 majors and 65 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked the 25th top public university in the North Region by U.S. News and World Report in its 2018 Best College ratings, Eastern has also been awarded 'Green Campus' status by the Princeton Review eight years in a row. For more information, visit

It is the policy of Eastern Connecticut State University to ensure equal access to its events. If you are an individual with a disability and will need accommodations for this event, please contact the Office of University Relations at (860) 465-5735.