The Benefits of Choosing Non-Electronic Toys for Kids
Whatever happened to the old-fashioned, non-electronic traditional toys like Barbie dolls, G.I. Joe action figures and Lincoln Logs? It seems that nowadays, it’s all about the iPad, Nintendo Switch and Zoomer Interactive Pets. While electronic toys do have their benefits, they just can’t replace the traditional toys. So, let’s talk about some of the benefits of non-electronic toys when compared to electronic toys.
Encourages physical activity
When kids play with electronic toys, they hardly move at all. They basically just sit there pressing buttons or controlling a remote. However, non-electronic toys encourage kids to get up and move around. As most of you know, being sedentary for long periods of time may lead to childhood obesity.
Encourages social interaction
For the most part, electronic toys are designed for individual play. While it is important that kids should be able to entertain themselves, it is even more important that they interact with other kids in order to learn valuable social skills. Through social interaction, kids will learn things like how to get along with others, how to share with others and how to take turns with others. These things are all possible with the use of non-electronic toys.
Most electronic toys are pre-programmed, which requires very little creativity or imagination. With non-electronic toys, kids can use their imagination to think of creative, different and unique ways to play with the same toy. These creative moments can help with building and improving critical thinking skills, fine motor skills and problem-solving skills.
Promotes language development
Many electronic toys are marketed as educational, but a 2016 study found that this wasn’t the case. The study, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, compared how three different types of toys (books, electronic toys, and traditional toys) impacted parent-child interactions. One of the findings of the study showed that during playtime with the electronic toys, the children said fewer words than during playtime with the books or playtime with the traditional toys.
Zeitgeist Gifts, a modern, urban gift e-store, was founded by Julia Drechsler in 2015. In German, the word zeitgeist means “spirit of the time.” The company offers a wide range of products and gifts for virtually every interest, occasion, and recipient. And the best part about Zeitgeist Gifts is that you won’t find any electronic toys here!
Leo Lion Wall Hook & Decal– This isn’t your ordinary wall hook. This one features a Leo the Lion wall tattoo with wooden lion eyes for the hooks.
Princess Bath Sponges– Your little princess will enjoy bath time with this set of two princess bath sponges. The set features a pink princess crown and a purple princess wand.
Pirate Bath Sponges– Your little pirate will enjoy bath time with this set of two pirate bath sponges. The set features a green pirate hat and a blue pirate sword.
City Life Urban Living Pack & Play Set– This pack & play set encourages kids to create their own town from used items. The set comes with an illustrated instruction booklet and stickers for three cars, three dogs and three houses.
Motor World Transportation Pack & Play Set– This pack & play set encourages kids to create their own modes of transportation from used items. The set comes with an illustrated instruction booklet and stickers for three airplanes, three boats, and three cars.
Sound Check Musical Pack & Play Set– This pack & play set encourages kids to create their own musical instruments from used items. The set comes with an illustrated instruction booklet and stickers for three guitars, three microphones, and three pianos.
Mini Natural Wood Tablet– Who needs to spend hundreds on an iPad when there’s this wooden tablet, which features a chalkboard display and small sponge earphones (chalk erasers).
Natural Wood Smartphone– Introduce your child to the world of modern technology with this wooden smartphone, which features a chalkboard display and small sponge earphones (chalk erasers). This product was featured in Taylor Swift’s (featuring Ed Sheeran) 2012 music video- “Everything Has Changed.”
Kids Woolie Monster Hat– Your child’s head will stay warm and toasty this winter when they wear this cute, blue Woolie Monster fleece hat.
Funky Apollo 14 Rocket Ruler– This rocket-shaped ruler is basically a school supply and a toy in one cool product.