With the rise of technology, teddy bears, toy cars and dolls are slowly disappearing. Everyone wants the newest game console or smartphone. Even parents seem to be supporting the shift and are buying more electronic toys for their kids.
But toys aren’t just for fun. They play an important role in children’s learning and socialisation, while boosting their imagination and creativity.
Toys such as building blocks, puzzles, puppets, board games and Play-Doh give children what they need to grow and be responsible. On the other hand, I don’t think electronic toys allow children to be as creative or imaginative.
Those classic toys were important in the past and we mustn’t let them die out in the future.
Shirley Ng Cho-yan, Leung Shek Chee College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Shirley. I agree that it is a shame those classic toys you mentioned are not as popular as they used to be. It seems the only toys kids are interested in these days are that of the electronic sort.
Although modern electronic toys can be very fun to play with and some can even stimulate the brain, I agree that they don’t allow children to use their imagination and creativity as they do with traditional products.
Gone are the days when children used to make up their own games. Now they don’t have to, with all the game developers creating video games and apps for them.
What’s more, these electronic games usually have such strict rules, there isn’t much room for children to be creative and really go wild with their imagination.
Before video games, children would have great fun playing with things such as Lego blocks which are designed to inspire and entertain them for hours. Now they can hardly play with one toy for more than an hour.
Also, electronic games hinder human interaction. Well, you may be interacting with other people online, but you’re staring at a screen all day and end up neglecting those around you.
With Christmas around the corner, perhaps more people should consider buying more classic toys rather than the latest gadgets. Mix things up a little. Something like a board game could really bring the family together.
Nicole Moraleda, Sub-editor