I’ve provided my youngster with all the toys he needs to help him grow. My bathroom is stocked with bath numbers, flashcards, and even magnets with letters and numbers on them. I’ve visited every specialised store and ordered that esoteric item produced by one-armed underprivileged children from the charred remains of a rainforest by one-armed underprivileged children. There are numerous instructional toys that aid his development that I’ve purchased with his trust fund. Great educational toys, but what about entertaining ones? Do nothing more than make your kids happy and teach them nothing.
On many occasions, I find myself wondering aloud, “Is there any educational value in that bucket?” What does he gain from this?
Batteries were out of the question when I was a kid. It was impossible to buy anything that had an educational value. When we couldn’t afford new toys, we had to make due with second-hand ones. You might be surprised to learn that one of my all-time favourite childhood toys was the Weeble. In order to create shoes with high heels, I stuffed them into my socks. Apart from the misshapen feet, they never did any harm to me.
New customers for manufacturers have emerged: parents looking to give their children a leg up before they begin school. Toys of the modern era feature bright lights and a robotic voice from the United States. That goofy American voice saying, “that answer is incorrect, please try again” has a way of drawing us all in. We’ve fooled ourselves into thinking this is educational pleasure, but in fact the lights and noises are merely a form of entertainment.
When it comes to buying the most expensive “all singing, all dancing” educational toy, most parents are in a hurry to shell out the most money. Toys that foster physical activity and imagination should be reintroduced. Everything we need for our children’s education is right outside our front door. See what your child can do with a stick. Find out from him. Obviously, if he responds with the phrase “it’s a stick,” he has provided an informed response. In either case, this youngster has developed an excellent sense of fantasy that will serve him well in the future.
Games that have kids running around like crazy and having a good time are far more beneficial to kids’ development than any gadget that teaches them anything.
The item should be a consideration for parents as to whether or not it encourages their child to become a couch potato.