Educate This

So called, educational toys are designed to teach our young to develop certain skills and help them grow into a well formed adult.  They have been tested and proven to help a child improve it’s hand eye coordination or learn the basics of maths or understand relationships between objects; without them, your child will stay as an unformed lump of PlaydoughTM.  Is there any problem with this?  These are toys that someone else has designed to help them improve certain skills that they feel will make them more intelligent.  Why does someone who is great at maths make them intelligent?  Why do we need to to buy toys that encourage children to count sheep, remove a certain number of pigs or collect a certain number of marbles?  Are we enforcing restrictions onto a mind that is still forming?  Wouldn’t it be better to give a child a toy that is itself unformed, ready to be moulded?  Let nature take over their cognitive development, thereby making them become more creative.  We’re all born creative, it’s just the path we’ve taken – or maybe been directed down – that has meant we haven’t allowed our creativity to flow; it’s been pushed to the back of our brains in favour of counting chickens and stacking rings.  Creativity is simply a muscle, one that if left unexercised, may fade away whilst we flex our mathematical muscles.  There’s nothing wrong with giving children toys that help them improve their maths skills, but don’t forget, there are other muscles they need to exercise as well.  Being an unformed lump of PlaydoughTM can be a great thing – it can literally be turned into anything.  

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