Are toys inhibiting children’s play skills?
Only if they lack interaction …
Our studies show that giving children too many toys or toys of the wrong type can actually be doing them harm
Whereas in years gone by, children created their own games using only the power of their imagination, today they are being bombarded with state of the toys, educational and otherwise. A recent study reveals that under fives could be suffering from over stimulation, owing to an over abundance of such toys.
The study was undertaken by US childhood development researcher, Claire Lerner, who confirms, ‘Our studies show that giving children too many toys or toys of the wrong type can actually be doing them harm. They can get overwhelmed and cannot concentrate on any one thing long enough to learn from it.’
This latest research reinforces that overseen by Kathy Sylva, Professor of Educational Psychology at Oxford University who has conducted a survey of 3,000 children aged between three and five in the UK. Funded by the Department of Employment and Education, the research pointed to the fact that children become distracted when faced with a choice of too many toys. Her concern is that parents may be relying on computers and videos to keep children entertained, instead of investing time and effort themselves.
Comments Professor Sylva, ‘There is a complex relationship between children’s progress, the type of toys they are given and the time parents spend with them.’