Less Toy For The Buck
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#1 Feb 24, 2008
As a mom of two under 5 I think we NEED to scale back. Kids have too much plastic junk and don't respect things anymore. Parents should think before purchasing, no matter the price. When a kid pushes a button and a toy operates for him, he loses that chance at creativity. Let a child play with a wooden toy and discover the many things he'll come up with on his own. Don't sell your kids short by giving them junk.
#2 Feb 24, 2008
I agree with the previous poster. Today's toys do all of the imagining a creating for the child. All kids are learning how to do is push buttons. When I was a child (no, not when you had to walk five miles in the snow uphill both ways) our toys allowed for imagination, creativity, and expression. So many people don't see the harm because they think that play is play. In fact, play is learning, especially for young children.
These toys that do the playing for children can also affect education in both reading and writing. In reading, children learn how to read by gaining understanding through making meaning. Visualization of what is being read is one of the biggest keys to comprehension. When kids do not know how to imagine, they cannot picture the story in their heads. In writing, when toys create experiences for the child instead of the other way around, children become convinced that they have nothing to write about. The best writing comes from observation and experience. Children who are not able to do either have a difficult time crafting stories. Parents need to consider these very important aspects of childhood and stop buying these types of toys (or at least stop buying so many of them).
As for the mother spending $100 a month on toys for her children, that's just absurd. Children do not need that many toys. Kids rarely go out and play outside anymore. They can't organize a game of kickball without arguing for half an hour. That money would be better spent on books; not the ones that talk. These toys are replacing outside activity and parental involvement. Childhood is also a great time to teach economic responsibility. If you have your kids earn their allowances by doing chores and saving up for the toys they want, you are teaching the value of money and also the value of earning and saving for the things you want.
#3 Feb 24, 2008
What ever happened to Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs? Erector Sets and GI Joes that were almost a foot tall? Play-Doh and Silly Putty? Etch a Sketch and Slinky? Creepy Crawlers and Easy Bake Ovens? Can you still get any of these great toys? Or were the deemed dangerous or offensive by some group of hand wringers? I'm glad I was a kid in the 60's.
#4 Feb 24, 2008
You can still find most of these toys. While some kids prefer toys like these, most kids tend to gravitate towards the flashy, animated, video game style toys. Life in front of a screen.
When Nintendo first came out, many of the games were puzzle-style games. They required brain work. Some games are still like this, but not many. I was a kid when the first Nintendo came out. I had one. I earned the money for it myself. It took me almost a year. I'll tell you, the Nintendo still mostly got used when it was raining outside, or if I was sick. If I was able to go outside, I went outside. All the kids in the neighborhood did. As soon as it was late enough to knock on doors kids were everywhere. They lingered into the evening, going inside only for meals. Not enough kids do this anymore.
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