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The market of electronic toys for toddlers is growing rapidly each year. And the manufacturers of these toys are touting many benefits, even for babies and toddlers. I won’t disagree completely as I do believe there are benefits to technology. However, for a typically developing toddler, there are many reasons why you should consider limiting their use of electronic toys.
Electronic Toys Decreasing in Creativity
What is presented on a screen is only a representation of something real. Touching a screen or pushing a button may teach cause and effect (which is a key foundational skill, but remember it is only one skill) but it does not provide as full or meaningful of an experience that could happen with real person to person or person to object interaction. A child who is listening to and watching an electronic toy cannot be as creative as one who is making something up on the fly. Electronic toys for toddlers come pre-programmed and you can’t really deviate from that. Even if it is technically possible to do something different, toddlers do not have the knowledge to do so unless a parent is interacting with them (which is not always the case when toys are electronic).
The next time your child is playing, ask yourself “does this toy/activity have the potential for imagination and problem solving?”
Let’s look at the kids educational toys, such as building-block toy or eco-friendly magnetic puzzle.
It has been around for a long time playing eco-friendly magnetic puzzle. I remember playing it as a young child and I am sure you do too. The basic idea is that you have puzzle with pictures on them that you would have to match up (find the matching pair). Nowadays you can get this game as an app for a tablet or smart phone. Yes, the concept is still the same, you need to find matching pictures. However, the experience of playing the game with real cards is much richer with even more opportunities for learning.
First of all, your child can play with another person, looking at them and interacting with them while playing.
Secondly, your child can actually feel the puzzles which come in a whole range of themes and topics such as alphabet letters, shapes, vegetables, numbers, pets, transport and colors. He can choose to collect them face up or face down and then determine if he wants his matching puzzle to be lined up or stacked one on top of the other.
Thirdly, if one of the puzzles goes missing, you and your child can think of a solution.
None of these things can happen with the electronic version of the game as it is pre-programmed to perform a certain way.
This kind of process involves problem solving, reasoning skills and developing solutions which they can later be transferred into their personal/adult life. Children’s imagination and creativity could be inspired and enhanced greatly.