Educational toys and games

Educational toys and games


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Playing and learning are so closely related that they often can’t be distinguished at all. In one way or another, most games are educational – even if it were only in educating the player up to a higher level of competition. That’s quite often overlooked, I believe… but it’s true: even your very own recreational […]




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Playing and learning are so closely related that they often can’t be distinguished at all. In one way or another, most games are educational – even if it were only in educating the player up to a higher level of competition. That’s quite often overlooked, I believe… but it’s true: even your very own recreational game of tennis, on a sweet summer afternoon with a frefreshing drink witin hands reach, is an educational game!

But let’s be realistic: when talking about educational toys, more often than not we refer to learning systems for our children. Especially in the last decade or two, an enormous number of educational “tools” have been developed for children of all ages, and even for grown-ups. The latter may or may not be intentional, but a fact is that many of the more ingenious educational or learning systems, like those dealing with science and nature, are enthusiasticaly enjoyed by the parents of the offspring for whom the gift was originaly intended!

This will not so soon happen with educational toys for very young children, like alphabet blocks or ABC blocks. And then there’s the enormous range of educational games/toys for all other ages! Looking back on my own youth in the 1940’s and 1950’s I am truly amazed by all the educational tools that are available now! On the other hand I believe that our childrens own creative development suffers from those pre-chewed and bite-sized chunks. I used to be quite happy with the proverbial cigar box from my granddad, from which I created houses, factories and garages – the box that is, not my granddad.

So it all boils down to relativity, I think. Some values are lost, others are gained. But at least, to the great relief of often desperate parents, buying educational games and toys is now easier than it was ever before. Generally speaking, this is an improvement.

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