Johnathan Liu writes articles for the site wired.com under the name GeekDad Raising Geek Generation 2.0.
The article states that the best toys are; sticks, boxes, strings, cardboard tubes and dirt. This is something every parent can relate to at one point in time. And that time is usually before the age of 4! Why do small children love the basics but older children need more? Because we teach them to need more!
Children learn from our guidance and when we become easily bored we distract kids and try to move them on to something different, something better. We should instead get down on the floor and play with our children, listening to them, joining in, and then modeling ways to elaborate the game! This helps their imagination, creativity and interpersonal skills!
This article could not have come at a better time. I feel kids have way too many toys and in this Christmas season we see excess more than ever! Parents teach children to expect a room full of toys yet these same children are "bored" a week later. Remember that young kids end up liking the boxes better than the gifts, save yourself time and money and reduce the amount of toys. Let's learn to enjoy the ones we have!