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Traditional toys for children – why they still matter

Wicken Toys believes in keeping the spirit of traditional toys alive and well in these modern toy times. Children are raised more these days on electronic items and somewhere along the way in the last 20 years the value of traditional toys has been lost amidst the advancements in interactive technologies. Traditional toys promote creative thinking and the use of imagination.


If you grew up n a time when toys were actual toys and operated solely on your own movements and interactions, you’ll remember having lived 1000 lives this way as a child. You could travel to distant planets from your bedroom, explore far away jungles and battle dinosaurs, build and create new worlds, invent characters and stories, outdoor toys in particular encouraged activity, adventure and exploration.


These days you will see children wait very impatiently for batteries to charge or games to load simply because they have been inundated with instantly gratifying experiences that never requires them to move very far from where they are sat or apply some thought and imagination. This is not to say that computer games aren’t good for stimulating children through puzzles and platforms, but they lack the direct, tangible experience of interaction and thinking in practical terms. This kind of growth is essential to child development as much as eating the right things and sleeping the right hours.


TP Forest Multiplay Play Set. Shown with optional slide extension.

Another reason we will always triumph traditional toys over modern electronics for kids is that they are more simplistic in their application, yet those applications can be many.  Traditional toys don’t typically require batteries for them to work. The only limits to their use are the limits of a child’s imagination.


You’ll find as a parent that children do tend to be drawn to traditional toys more than battery-operated, electronic toys for the simple fact that they can play with them instantly and they require no maintenance in order for them to be entertaining.


In short, traditional toys provide children with a better quality of playtime than the modern counterparts whose shadow they have come to live in. What is so beguiling about the Toy Story films is that they clearly have this philosophy too. Woody and his gang are representative of the sense of imagination that children are capable of expressing.


Outdoor toys are not easily broken either. They endure long past a not-made-to-last electronic toy. A child can take a seemingly inanimate object and use it to create a whole new world. We must appeal to that side of children through encouraging this kind of playtime for both mind and body to grow and develop in the best ways possible.


Remember the toys that made your respective childhoods fun and try to embrace that once again for your own children. Pass on the traditions and keep playtime alive.

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