It's not a toy if it doesn't engage a child's creativity

Should parents and guardians be strict on the kind of toys their children play with?

According to educational psychologist Cara Blanckie, all toys should be able to engage a child's creativity and assist in their development.

Blanckie says that the impact of toys on a child do not concern her as much as the impact of video games on a child.

Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, Blanckie says that the extent in which a toy stimulates a child's imagination depends on the environment the child is in and how their parents communicate with the child about the toy they are playing with.

Listen to the conversation below:

The whole point of a toy is to try to work on a child's imagination

Cara Blanckie, educational psychologist

I think a toy should be able to engage your child's creativity, to have them think. Often TV games aren't creative. You just have to follow the game

Cara Blanckie, educational psychologist

On Twitter, 702 and CapeTalk #NightTalk listeners also responded on the kind of toys they preferred for young kids.


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