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Cell Phones as Toys? by Kitty Robertson Morse, Heirloom Wooden Toys

November 2, 2010

Heirloom wooden toys,toy value, things to do with kids, educational toysI read this article in the New York Times last weekend and thought it was worth a mention here.  My kids are a bit older now, so we missed the opportunity to use the cell phone as a distraction for a fussy toddler, but I did (and still do) occasionally let them play a game or two to pass the time on a plane trip or while waiting for someone to get out of baseball practice.

I can totally see the attraction – it’s portable, always with you, the games are really fun and there are so many of them, not to mention the wonderful world of Hulu and YouTube!  But think about it before you develop a habit of automatically handing it over every time the kids get cranky.  We are supposed to be teaching our kids to live in the real world, and that includes engaging in dinner conversation, dealing with boredom, and learning how to adapt to changing circumstances (like when one of the kids in the article wakes up late and has to leave home without watching his favorite TV show).  If we constantly go for the phone as a babysitter, we lose so many opportunities to help them develop these skills, and take away time for them to play creatively.

If you decide it’s ok in your family to let the kids play with the phone, just use it as one of many tools you have to distract, redirect, and engage them.  I don’t know about your kids, but mine don’t need any more help spending time in front of a screen!

If you are looking to buy a gift or toy for your child or grandchild, think of Heirloom Wooden Toys where we provide sustainable, safe wooden toys, games and furniture that will last for generations to come.  You can shop by Age, Price, Brand, or just browse hundreds of products for all kinds of kids.  Many of our products are Made in the USA so you can support businesses that are keeping jobs at home.  Looking for custom products?  We have a large selection of items that can be personalized or engraved with your name or message.  Free Shipping on orders over $99!  Contact Kitty Robertson Morse at kitty@heirloomwoodentoys.com or (866) 202-8073.

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