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Simple Toys, Simple Fun

Samantha, our niece

A stiff upper lip, although not British.

 It was our niece’s first birthday party.  She was so cute!   Andy and I got her one of those walker popper things, that we all had as children and a peek-a-boo toy with different switches and knobs to operate it.  It was a wonderful time.

If  blogs were meant for nothing more than bloviating about our superior intelligence, then I submit the following.  I don’t like childrens’ toys that take batteries.  They take all the expoloration and imagination out of play.  The toys I remember from my childhood weren’t powered, didn’t make beeps or blings, didn’t talk or move animatronically.  They were manual fun toys.  Those like Legos and Tinker Toys.  Justify it all you want, but children need toys that breed imagination and creativity, not simple call and response.   I don’t like them period, the toys with batteries.

I’ve always had a problem with these toys. They really seem to not last long.  After a while it becomes obvious that if button A is pressed, then action 1 occurs.  How much can a child learn from this?  It seems quite limited. 

I’m a fan of the old, but classic toys.  I don’t think I’ll ever change.   Dress-up clothes, building blocks, play-tools, and the like last longer, breed more creativity, and encourage learning.  More so than any battery operated electric toy.

I’ll get to Leap Frog later.

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  1. Ali
    November 23, 2009 at 8:01 am

    I whole heartedly agree! Toys with batteries don’t build brain cells, if anything, it’s the opposite.


  2. November 24, 2009 at 6:15 am

    I had the discussion the other day at work with a new dad, one of my coworkers, and he totally agreed. It’s awesome to know that there are people out there that still value the good, quality toys.

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