I remember when I was growing up in the early 80's, we had dolls that didn't do too much more than pee if we put water in them, or said mama and cried. Maybe an "I love you" sometimes. Our kitchen toys required OUR minds and hands to make them work. Action figures only moved if you made them. Sometimes a robot would move, but not like today. Artificial pets, life-like babies, mini cars instead of Big Wheels... The list goes on. What happened to our world of imagination, and do you think it has affected today's kids? Do your kids seem to use less imagination than you did when growing up? I know mine seem to, so I try to work it in. Sometimes they look at me like I'm crazy!Answer Question
Answer by BradenIsMySon at 5:08 PM on Mar. 22, 2010
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Answer by Carajust at 6:14 PM on Mar. 22, 2010
My sons were outside even with game consoles they chose outside because they could play longer and the library required walking but we could also do trips past the antique cannon and world war two store or that's what they called it. stuff like t.v. was over too soon or stuff that did not require much thought did not interest them and they are still like that today.
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Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 PM on Mar. 22, 2010
Yes, today toys limit the imagination of children. But I don't believe that it is a new limitation. Even many toys from the 80's limited imagination. But even so....it is up to parents to decide what toys dominate their children's playrooms. If more parents, as consumers, demanded toys that had more creative flexibility then the toy industry would respond. I believe it is not accidental that major toy corporations want your child (and mine) to be "dumbed down" and satisfied with the product of their careful consideration and choosing. They work very hard at advertising and finding creative ways to get not only the child to buy into the toy but also the parent. Limiting a child's imagination means creating a good dumbed down society and ensure a large pool of laborers instead of real competition. Why would rich corporate America want your child to compete with their child?
Answer by frogdawg at 11:09 PM on Mar. 22, 2010