Today’s technology has greatly advanced, even in the last five years. And when it comes to electronic gadgets, not to many kids are without them. In fact, there are all sorts of electronic gadgets from walking and talking animals to baby cellphones and laptops. However, current studies show that today’s electronic playthings may not be the best toy for your child when it comes to academics and cognitive development. In fact, many specialists agree that real toys are far better for your child than electronic gadgets.
The Overall Experience
Many companies that make educational gadgets frequently claim that a kid will learn more by playing their games. On the contrary, these games cannot replace the hands on experience that real toys have to offer. With proactive involvement a child actually holds the toy, explores how the toy functions, and discovers features about the toy as well as how things work in the real world. In comparison, electronic gadgets cannot offer a child the physical learning real toys will always feature.
Limited in Imagination
Although the digital world has an amazing array of different scenarios and make-believe, the gadgets are limited in imagination. For instance, digital games are set and programmed to a certain level. This immediately restricts the player. In fact, electronic play is limited in choices. And once the user hit the highest level or their potential, the game is essentially over. On the other hand, real toys go as far as your creativity and imagination takes you. They are not bound by program limits or skill level. As well, a child gets to choose their own scenario and ending. Plus the playtime is indefinite.
In addition, when a child plays with traditional toys they have a choice to play with a friend, sibling or by themselves. They can also choose to play with the toy the way it was designed or they can make-up their own story or scenario along the way. And if desired, kids can change the story mid-stream during the game. None of these options are remotely available with electronic gadgets.
Language Development and Vocabulary are Restrained
According to numerous literary specialists; oral language development is one of the best practices for reading success. And when it comes to enriching your oral skills, worthy language development is accomplished through day to day conversation with their parents and other language whizzes.
For example, when a parent plays a physical educational game with their kid, everyone partakes in conversation norms like asking questions, giving answers or suggestions, acknowledging the person talking and learning suitable sentence structure. In addition, a child learns an advanced level vocabulary and correct grammar by interrelating with others.
Conversely, when children play electronic games they are limited to the vocabulary in the game. Oftentimes the language is very basic and simple. In fact, it often holds a child back in advancing their vocabulary usage.