There is a great post over at Toddler Planet about the search for great toys for her little boy. She’s posted a ton of links and makes a beautiful point about what makes a toy classic.
That’s my definition of a classic toy: something that stimulates the
imagination, can be used three different ways, and doesn’t dictate the game or
story that is being played. Childhood is a magic time, and toys are just
the tools to help make it so. They can help make it easier to pretend, or
to build, or to create, but we have to remember to set up an encouraging
environment, meet the child’s needs, and step back and let the child enjoy in
his own way, and in his own time. Whether the child plays with sticks and
leaves in the garden, or the fanciest of toys from Willow Tree, it’s the
imagination that is in the end the most valuable of all.
I really think that’s what I was *trying* to articulate with my rant against plastic – I just didn’t make the point in nearly as diplomatic or expressive language. She did a much better job, don’t you think!?