There is no such thing as an educational toy.

I wish I had seen the video about useless toys back when it ran a few weeks before Christmas.

There are two points to make about this particular news story. First, we know that babies and toddlers should not be experiencing screen time. They need touch. They learn by feeling, seeing, manipulating and watching the world in real time. Whether it’s stacking up blocks to see if they will stay or tumble, or pulling a piece of cloth in many directions and taking a taste of it or becoming a one child mariachi band with pots and pans; this is how young children learn.

So toys that encourage screen time for babies are not only a waste of money, they are a waste of the child’s learning experiences.

Second point is that there is no such thing as a particular educational toy. They may be academic toys attempting to teach a particular concept or skill. Of course, being that babies and toddlers are too young to learn in this fashion it’s a waste of time and money.

Everything a child sees, touches, plays with and experience is educational. They are like sponges soaking up experiences, trying new ideas and gaining expertise as they go along.

Technology is here to stay. No question and our kids will want and even need to have access to all that technology has to offer.

But wait a few years. When they are preschoolers they can start to include screen time in their learning.


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