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    Am I crazy?

    OK...don't answer that. hehe

    Warning...long rant.

    I just want to know if I am the only one who is horrified by some of the "toys" being made for small children (poisoned Chinese toys aside) and especially being pushed this Christmas. My coworkers think I am crazy. This is the first year I have seen SOOOO many of these kinds of toys.



    1) We're collectingToys for Tots so we all look over what is being dropped in our office box. Someone donated a MCDONALDS cash register toy with faux McD food. When you push keys on the register, a voice says things like "French fries!"..."Hamburger!". I think this is a horrible toy! One...its promoting a specific brand which means the buyer is essentially paying to advertise for McDonalds. Two...its imprinting children towards junk food (McD's in particular) making it "fun" and appealing when we have an epidemic of obesity in children from high fat/carb junk food and lack of exercise. How about an unbranded cash register with just some basic play money for fun.

    2) I'm seeing all kinds of little computers for kids...not like 7-8 yr olds but toddlers!! They have all kinds of cutesy names and the commercials make it sound like a parent is helping their children learn with these "educational" toys. One commercial was for a computer for a child that didn't even look a year old! She was a baby! C'mon...whatever happened to the PARENTS working with their young children with shapes and colors and sounds, instead of dumping your kid in front of a computer and handing them a brightly-colored mouse? Sure computers are part of our culture now and those skills need to be learned at some point. But...too many young kids sit in front of computers endlessly playing (usually violent) video games. Ok...here it comes....when I was a kid, I was outside playing!! I had toys but I also used my imagination with sticks and acorns and mud. These early computer toys just train kids to find their entertainment sitting in front of a computer screen.

    Am I nuts for thinking these things are VERY BAD toys for children? Why not give kids crayons and paper, jump rope, bouncy balls, tinkertoys, playdough, chalk, roller skates, bubble liquid, alphabet blocks, cards, ant farms, board games for families to play together.... *sigh* Children don't need to spend every moment being "educated" in a 2-D environment. Kids can learn by PLAYING. Exercise, imagination, creativity! Make up your own games! What about "Mother May I", "1-2-3 Red Light", "Swing the Statue", "I See Something", "Hang Man"?? All "little kid" games I played with my mother involving interaction, action and creativity.

    I see these "toys" as nothing more than a marketing ploy to guilt parents into thinking they aren't doing right by their kids if they don't buy these so-called educational toys. What is the parent's role nowadays in tot education? To sit them on the floor and hand them a mouse? A mouse to me was the little red mouse in the MouseTrap
    game where you had to construct an amazing working contraption that moved a silver ball all over a playing board in order to trigger the mouse trap.

    I remember my mother helping me learn math with flash cards. Now kids play "educational video games." No parents involved. Parents can go do something else while the kids are kept entertained on the computer.

    Nooo...I'd much rather have my one year old sitting in front of a computer slapping at oversized buttons and my 3 year old learning to dole out french fries at McDonalds. And can you see it...after playing with their french fries and hamburgers the kid looks up at Daddy and says "Can we go to McDonalds?" They sure won't be asking to go to Burger King. Score a big one for McDonalds in passing off advertising and influence as a TOY.

    Like I said...my coworkers don't see anything wrong with the McDonald toy. They thought it was cute and I'm nuts for being horrified.

    I have seen at least 3 different "computers" for small children advertised in the past couple of weeks--a terrible trend...in my opinion.

    Off my soap box now. So...how many people think I'm crazy for thinking these toys are not good for toddlers?
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    You make good points, and make me want to get those tubes that the marbles went in and out of.

    Dont worry we all know your crazy!

    Dids do need exersize, thats what DDR is for! I cant sit and play a video game for 4-5 hours, i get bored. I wanna do something with friends run around be crazy.

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    We have one (or 2?) of these early learning systems. First of all, they will not work with just the TV and the baby... You sit there with them and help them through it.. you see the red star on the tv... you say "red star.. see it? the star is red! push the red star." and you move their hand to the red star. (a generic example.. but shows how the parent is needed to help with them) So I see this as just a modern flash card,book, or other learning tool. We also have those for our kids. To flop between the different forms of learning ("old" school and "new" school) is good I think. And both take parent interaction. There is that great commercial out about talking to your kids. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XomEA2ChjeE ) The bottom line is, we're all VERY busy... But when you have kids, make time for them. They need you.

    Are there some that are marketed for just for kids? I don't know.. maybe older kids. But surely not the younger ones (or at least they won't "work".)

    As far as the Mc. D. toy... It doesn't sound like something I'd let my kids play with. And for the parents that do decide to let their kids play with it, should be good adults when the kids say they want to eat there, remember to pick proper foods from the menu AND don't go "there" (to fast food places period) too frequently.
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    IMO, they arent great, but I also think you are over-reacting by quite a large degree.
    I dont see how they are VERY BAD.

    A McDonalds cash register is probably a very boring toy for most kids, and will be virtually ignored..and I also dont see the problem with these learning computer things, because as was mentioned, parents need to use with with the kids..

    IMO just having a TV in the house is much worse for young children than these toys.

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    I totally agree. I'm not that old, but when I was a kid I was always outdoors. I had a Nintendo, but balanced that with baseball, manhunt, and other active outdoor activity. I don't know about "swing the statue" though. Sounds a little too intense for me.

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    My gripe is with the new "dolls" that are out for kids. Barbie was bad enough, an unrealistic woman for girls to strive to be. But now we have Bratz. Just what I want, my daughter to idolize something that looks like a friggin prostitute!! I swear that is a company run by pedophiles!!

    My daughter is not going to be one of those kids. Last year she got a tool play set. This year she gets a microscope set.
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    early learning systems
    . Ooops...I called them a toy! 'Scuse me. Early learning system.

    I guess my point is...I learned all the stuff I was supposed to learn at the proper age and I didn't need a "computer" or "early learning system" to do it. I played with blocks and tinker toys and playdough. I don't feel kids NEED these things in order to learn "red star". Can't you cut a red star out of red paper and say "red star"? I think there is a certain "brainwashing" to make consumer parents think these "early learning systems" are necessary if you are going to give your kid an educational edge. Basic child's play IS learning. No one was forcing "learning" down my throat when I was only 1 year old and I turned out OK. (Well, some might argue that. lol )
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    My daughter is not going to be one of those kids. Last year she got a tool play set. This year she gets a microscope set.
    Good for you Travis! I hate gender stereotyping with kids. I was always drooling over my brother's rock kit, microscope, chemistry set. I was sneaking rocks out of his rock set all the time (the sulfur and galena). heehee Eventually I did get a microscope which I loved.

    Recently there was a Dr. Phil show on those Bratz dolls. I'd never heard of them. But there was a woman on there who's 8 yr old twins were obsessed with them and even dressed like them. The mom didn't think it was a big deal but Dr. Phil said studies showed that young children definitely ARE very influenced by the toys they play with. There were even studies done with the Bratz dolls in particular. They showed the dolls on TV and I know MY kids wouldn't have them.
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