It’s the reason people are moving away from toys that entertain, to simple toys that allow children to explore them and come up with different ways to play with them, like plain blocks without cartoons or other pictures on them, flat squares of fabric, simple dolls that don’t poop or drink from a bottle, etc.[/b][/quote]
ACtually, this is what I was talking about BC. My son and I used to play with those mega blocks, and build huge towers, and he would go on to build garages for his hotwheels and airplanes to crash into the walls.[/quote][quote=“ImaniOU”]The last ECE meeting I attended talked about open-ended play and toys versus goal-oriented play and toys - Legos versus Speak and Spell and a return to natural materials instead of everything being made of smooth plastic. It was a very interesting workshop that gave me a lot of ideas. It also explained why my nephew prefered stacking my mother’s many different candle jars on the floor and hearing the sounds they made when he tapped metal lids on them (while supervised by his Auntie Tare-Bear for safety, of course!) over playing with the plastic vet clinic set he got for Christmas.[/quote]
Great stuff. I absolutely agree. When I was a kid we had some Playmobil figures but also a lot of big wooden blocks including some interestingly shaped offcuts from a carpenter we knew. We used the blocks to make intricate houses with secret passages and hiding places for the Playmobil people.
We used to go to a kind of new-agey hippyish farm for a week every summer. The carpenter there built a “treescraper” mostly from pallets. Probably not very safe, but great fun to play in.
The imagination is a wonderful thing. Who was it who said that the best pictures are on the radio?