“Dumb” toys lead to smart kids
Lead paint isn’t the only thing about a toy that could impair your child’s intellectual development. Just in time for Christmas toy-buying comes this advice: “Simple Retro Toys May Be Better For Children Than Fancy Electronic Toys.”
Really, that makes sense to me. I wouldn’t let a child anywhere near a computer until about the age of 7 or so. Before then, let them play with blocks, scribble on paper with crayons, tie things up with string, bounce a ball, and squish clay around.
The article offers advice from the co-authors of a book called Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn—and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less.