Play History Comparison

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by chelsealinton
Last updated 5 years ago

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Play History Comparison

Play History:Toys Then & Now

As a child I had many barbies and the many accessories that went along with them. I would play alone or with friends and it was always fun to pretend and take on new roles. Today I see kids playing with many different kinds of "dolls" like the Monster High girls pictured to the right. The dolls now have very unique looks and seem to portray the idea of being yourself and that different is good. Barbies on the other hand, all looked very similar and everyone subtley wanted to be a skinny blonde girl when they grew up.

Growing up in the 90's, my favorite type of play consisted of riding my bike, scooter, or skateboard around with my friends. We would make up games to compete against each other, ride from house to house, and explore unfamiliar areas of the neighborhood. I rarely see kids engaging in this type of play anymore. Instead they play with each other over video games and prefer digital play to natural, outdoor play. This may also be due to increased safety awareness of parents and the hesitation to let kids out of sight.

One of my favorite toys to play with was an x-brain yo-yo. It was a toy that required no batteries and depended on you to put it into motion. Today kids are playing with all kinds of battery operated toys that don't require any actions by the user. The Chubby Puppies to the right are one such toy. The toy moves around, barks, and engages the user just by flicking a switch. It is becoming more common that toys don't require any involvement of the user which decreases the aspect of producing play and increases the time kids spend watching and consuming.

1990's

2000's

Lego's were a popular building toy, and still are today. Lego's bring children into the world of math, artchitecture, physics, etc. Pictured to the right is a drone, which is a new toy that also helps children learn about physics and natural scientific laws. These toys on the left and right are very different in their make-up, but both invite children to think about their play and about the laws that govern our planet.

Pogs, to the left, and Silly Bands, to the right, are examples of toys that children play with and trade. These toys help children to relate to one another, by collecting similar things. They also give them experience with skills related to reasoning, judgement, and negotiation when trading the toys.

Video games started to explode when I was young and the system we played with was Nintendo 64. A bunch of kids would sit around the TV and the controllers were attached to the gaming system. Today there are more gaming systems where the user can be active in order to play the game, such as Wii. While video games often contribute to sedentary play, the new systems try to encourage more activity..


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