These days it seems as if every toy has a battery or controller. Toys have gotten expensive and complicated, and while technology is amazing and there are some very educational games for children, it still seems important to ask, “Is it a bit much?” After all, we’ve all heard the story of someone’s little brother receiving an expensive Christmas gift, and then spending the rest of the week playing with the box it came in.
Playing with boxes allows children to develop their imaginations and encourages them to use creativity as they take ownership of their box. Research shows that imagining doing an action physically impacts the brain in the same way as actually doing that action. Imagination is so powerful that envisioning practicing a skill can be effective in learning that skill. So shouldn’t parents foster their children’s abilities to think imaginatively?