In a toy industry increasingly turning to high-tech gadgetry and movie tie-ins, the Melissa & Doug company has thrived by sticking to the basics.
Good friend of Tablettoddlers Sean Branagan and I had an email exchange about the article. He pointed to this takeaway – “Crucially, the rise of high-tech entertainment has changed how children play. Apps and video games have soared in popularity; on Amazon, you can even buy an iPod stand to accompany a potty trainer.”
I couldn’t agree more. I see this in my own kids every day. As parents, we try to strike a balance between time playing with gadgets and time spent with analog toys, such as Melissa & Doug and Haba.
Another takeaway for Sean and was the part about when your kid says he/she is bored parents think they are not good parents.
“Reminds me of my mother’s line when we said it (and I used it with my kids) ‘Oh, you’re bored? Only boring people get bored,” Sean said.