Children should play with non-electronic toys

Gig HarborJanuary 15, 2014 

As a recent grandma, this was my grandson’s first Christmas — and, soon after, first birthday.

When I was shopping for gifts, I couldn’t find a toy that didn’t require batteries. I feel it’s important to give children, especially in their early years, toys that spark their imagination.

When I went to the store and asked for a simple hammer-in-the-peg toy, I was told, “Oh, you mean old-school.” I had to go to a second-hand store to find one.

I also had to go there to find simple wooden toy cars instead of the ones that are constantly screaming “zoom zoom!” and “come on, let’s go!”

I had to hunt for toys that allow children to make up their own sounds.

I find pots and lids and wooden spoons can keep a toddler occupied.

I was amazed to hear on the news that, when an iPad was put next to a child’s mom, the child — who was not even crawling yet — went for the iPad. How sad.

And now there’s a baby bouncer with a touch screen attached? How ridiculous.

They say no TV for children until they’re 2 years old, yet all these touch screens we buy and put in front of them is supposed to be OK?

Let’s get smart, moms and dads. The best thing you can give your child in early development is you.

Keep it simple: Read and play with them. Don’t give them toys that are mechanical. They’ll be on iPads and iPhones soon enough.

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