When we were away on holiday we visited a small museum of radio and TV paraphernalia. It was really great and I was in my element.
It had all kinds of stuff dating from the fifties and sixties through to present day, and all with radio, TV and film tie ins.
Is was very nostalgic and indulgent seeing and recognising so many of the programmes I loved as a child and grew up with. But looking around my wife made the comment, “I wonder if one day toys will be a thing of the past?”
It certainly does make you think.
Most of us grew up and were able to enjoy some great toys. I loved my Dinky and Corgi toys, making up road scenes and driving them around.
I still have the model of the Corgi James Bond Aston Martin on my window ledge in my study!
I grew up with Meccano, which I am sure helps me to be more handy when things need fixing!
But today it seems that most children simply hanker after the latest electronic gadget.
It does seem as if there is an electronic takeover. Walk down any street and just note how many people are either speaking on their phones, or eyes glued to their screens tapping away.
And note how many of them have children who are either being left to their own devices or else tapping away on their own gadgets!
Is there a real danger that we are becoming deskilled in how to interact with people in real life, as well as deskilled in what to do with our hands other than manipulate buttons on a keypad?
The parent’s interaction with their child is key in developing all those skills of communication and social interaction.
Nurture of our children is a God given privilege so we need to get it right.
In this age of minimalism I also heard about an approach which said that you allow your child ten toys and that if they want a new one then they must get rid of one of their present ones.
Whilst I can sympathise with the concept of avoiding too much clutter, as a child providing them with as varied an environment as possible helps learning and developing as many different skills as possible.
The inventiveness of children is magical to behold.
How many really young children have you known being given a lovely toy actually got more out of playing with the box?
Perhaps it’s us that remember the golden age of Meccano, Corgi toys and Sindy dolls to do what we can to pass on to the younger generation the joys of toys.
Let’s keep the toys alive!