Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Today's picture shows a boy building a crane with an Erector Set. The picture was taken in 1924. One of the things I remember about my childhood is that most of my toys involved building, making, growing, or fixing something. The toys really required what today educators call "Critical Thinking" and "Higher Level Learning". Starting out with Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys and Erector Sets, you basically had a pile of parts, and you had to make something. There were diagrams of things you could make that they had designed, but after that you could venture out on your own, creating your own designs and ideas. Chemistry sets were fun to play with, while at the same time very educational. Then, you grew into even harder "toys" like model airplanes, where you made flying airplanes out of balsa wood, tissue paper and rubber bands.
If you are a parent, I encourage you to throw out the Xbox and playstations, and get back to toys that require children to think, plan, build, and create. Not video games, which are primarily wiring the brain to shoot, kill, destroy. As parents, how did we ever let ourselves be deceived to let that trash in our homes?