Get Your Kids Creative With Magnetic Blocks
Have you ever wondered in today's world who has succumbed the most to technology and been enslaved by all the electronic gadgets? Is it the baby boomer generation in its 50s and late 60s, the generation X folks in their 30 thirties to late 40s or the millennial in their 20s and early 30s? Or perhaps is it the toddlers and little kids in their pre-teens? While every generation has been affected by the technological advances, the generation that is and will be affected the most are the little kids of today who have been born and are being raised in the last decade or so. Those kids that do not have any inkling as to what a land line is, the children that stare in wonder when they look at a CD, tape recorder or a film roll, the generation that has no use for a stand-alone GPS system – these are the one that are affected the most by the advancement in technology. Not too long ago, infants would be soothed by the tender voice of their mother’s and her loving lullabies. But today an infant in crib would eagerly listen to a song played on a phone or laptop/iPad and get pacified. They react with awe to the sounds emanating from their electronic toys. We cannot forget the many videos that have gone viral with a parent playing something from YouTube and the kid hilariously letting out peals of laughter or emanating exhilarated cooing sounds or even start crying while reacting to audio/video from online sources.
As these kids emerge from their infancy and into toddler-hood they slowly become the ones deeply attached to gadgets held on the palm. Some use laptop like devices before they are old enough to hold a pencil properly or a use tooth brush correctly! The toddlers very easily show you, much to the pride of most parents, how to charge the electronic devices, how to power on the latest iPhone or any smart phone and start using it to watch their favorite cartoon. Long car rides – no problem! Tablets or other electronic devices, one for each kid, so they don’t bicker along the long way to your favorite destination, will solve the issue. Such devices and the several nifty DVD players attached to the seats of the cars will make any long car ride pleasant for most part. In the good old days affording one such device for the whole family and expecting kids to share them was the norm. But with the current generation, expecting two siblings to share one electronic device is a nightmare in most households. Parents would rather invest in gadgets for each individual kid than risk the pace and quiet during an arduous road trip. Added to that, the relatively inexpensive gadgets make it affordable for most parents. Those companies are savvy in their marketing ploy – they sell pink tablets for little girls and blue ones for boys. So essentially if a family has two kids, a boy and a girl, they cannot even share the same device due to the pink vs blue looks donned by those devices.
When these toddlers become preteens, they grow up with electronic gadgets all through and grow subsequently into teens who are addicted to their phones and similar gadgets. They say, why bother talking, when you can just as easily text a person (in some households they text a family member, in lieu of talking, even if they are in the same house!). Besides, they think, you can say what you want via texts – probably things that you will never dare to say in person. These teens grow in to full blown adults, continuing their voyage in the sea of electronic devices. And as adults, they are glued on to phones and computers for social media presence. They begin to yearn and long for all the wonderful things their friends post on social media – most of the time forgetting that their friends only post the best moments and not their failures or bad moments. They think their friends live a life full of euphoria – either they develop a low self esteem due to this or begin to do things just to post their fabulous pictures on social media. Social media has defined a new aspect and meaning of friendship too. You can learn a lot when others share worldly wise and useful things but when the sharing on social media is done just for the sake of impressing others human relationship goes to a different mode. Making your home a smart-home is really a gratifying symbol of human advancement in the field of technology, but we forget that it also prevents us from doing the very normal human routines. Why would you walk to the thermostat to set the temperature or go physically to the door when you can do it with a simple command to an electronic gadget? Robots are replacing vacuum cleaners and don’t need humans to walk around with those appliances. Very soon, with AI potentially seeping in to all aspects of human life we might very soon have a robot for making all our appointments even without our intervention and they try to encroach the area of human-robot friendship too.
Therefore, while technology electronic gadgets have become the way of life and it is indeed a symbol of the next phase of human evolution and advancement, it also presents a bleak future with mankind overly relying on technology and machines. We don’t want to forget human-interaction. Man is a social animal and he needs to let his brain think and body act without relying on computers and machines all the time. This kind of transition cannot happen overnight or suddenly – not especially all of a sudden in one’s adulthood. The process of limiting electronic gadget and technology’s intervention needs to start from infancy and slowly proliferate into one’s adulthood. Parents need to interact with infants instead of engaging devices. When it comes to toddler-hood, kids need to engage in playing gamed with other kids and parents at home. Parents should occupy kids with board games, Lego blocks or other creative tools by having kids do things physically instead of using a gadget. That does not mean we avoid gadgets, but we should learn to limit kids’ exposure to them. A good situation to go through would be to imagine a power outage situation. What would you and your family do? The whole household might come to a standstill but slowly you will figure out how to make do without electronic gadgets for few hours at least.
Fortunately, there are a variety of board games, blocks/building sets and other creative toys available to kids, in today’s market. One of the recently trending innovative game/toy is the magnetic building blocks sets.
The 3D magnetic blocks promote creativity and teach avid young learners and curious minds about magnetism. Instead of living in a hypothetical world of video games and TV shows, your kids might come to you with questions like what causes magnetism, is magnetic property naturally found or artificially created etc. A little older kid might even be interested in learning more about this unique property.
There are no set rules for playing with this toy. Kids can build them as small as possible or as big as they can. They can extend it in any direction and create amazing structures. There is no limit to imagination here. To spice things up kids can form teams during a birthday party or a get-together and compete to see which team builds the most innovative structure using the least or most number of pieces. Older siblings or perhaps parents too can engage with younger kids to teach them how to be creative, constructive and above all persevere and remain patient till the structure is built. The magnetic nature of the blocks makes the pieces to stick to each other well, instead of younger kids having to try hard and make the pieces to attach to one another.
Magnetic tiles are available in the geometrical shapes of equilateral triangles, right triangles, and isosceles triangles, squares etc. At a young age they will not only learn to creatively construct different kinds of structures like various buildings, rocket ships, vehicles, and appliances, they would also learn the practical use of how geometry and geometrical shapes play a part in everyday life.
There are magnetic block sets available in different packages and styles. There are magnetic building block sets available in 22-piece sets, 100 piece set etc. There are also idea books available with packages to give kids few ideas on models for construction. They come in different colors as well and make fabulous STEM education toys from growing minds. These kinds of toys help build fine motor skills and help with the development of cognitive ability.
Parents can seek out and invest in some of these innovative ideas to keep kids engaged, creative and also teach them how to work as a team. Perhaps one game could keep all kids occupied instead of having to buy individual electronic devices. These kinds of toys help kids interact with one another positively reinforce the qualities of friendship, learning, innovation as well as caring and sharing. We can inspire kids, from their childhood, to work with one another, inculcate good friendship bonds and help them rely on all the skills unique to human kind in order build a better future, without losing the human touch.
Get Your Kids Creative. Magnetic Blocks can help!