Monday, June 16, 2008

Can’t we just buy them a nice set of wood blocks?

This really shouldn’t be a surprise. Cellphones, laptops, digital cameras and MP3 music players are among the hottest gift items this year. For preschoolers. On one hand, it makes sense. Play has always been about kids emulating the adults around them. This is what the adults do these days. However, I think I agree with the doctors and other experts in the article that state that a computer screen is no substitute for imaginative play. Something has to be lost if we let our kids grow up depending on digital technology to substitute for imagination.

I was lucky in that computer technology wasn’t quite there yet for kids when my kids were toddlers in the mid to late 90s. They grew up with the same sort of traditional toys we all had, plus they had access to a computer. I fear today’s toddlers are skipping the wood blocks and Hot Wheels in favor PC based building games and a Hot Wheels game on a Playstation. It’s not the same.

Written by COD for ParentalTech

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