Wednesday Wisdom

by Megan on August 18, 2010

“In too many modern playrooms, technology makes things appear, disappear, speak and move. There is no effort or creativity, no demand for practice or mastery. All the hard work is done by adults, who often spend years programming their techno-toys. Gilbert’s toys encouraged boys to perform for parents and friends. Today, toys are the performers, making children the audience. And that, say psychologists and many parents, is the problem.”

-from Bruce Watson’s fascinating book about A.C. Gilbert, the creator of the Erector Set, The Man Who Changed How Boys and Toys Were Made