Monday, November 05, 2007

Definition of Toys

I read this quote from designer Brendan Boyle at IDEO from a book and like to share it with parents with young children. He said "Children will play with anything that is available to them. Play includes learning, imagining, pretending, competing, discovering, socializing, and almost everything that kids do; they are just interested in what is enjoyable and fun, without noticing that they learn from playing. They may have more fun with pots, pans, and a wooden spoon, than the latest hot toy or game. In a market sense, the words 'toy' and 'game' mean a plaything that an adult is willing to purchase, rather than just an item that a child wants to play with, which would include almost anything."