The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights declared it a right of every child to be able to play, in the understanding that every child deserves and needs the opportunity to develop to their unique potential, which is the natural benefit of constructive imaginative and supportive basic playing.
With modern lifestyles being so demanding on the time available to parents and guardians to support and be interactive with their children’s playtime, our culture is at last acknowledging that toy design needs to hold a balance of building. That it must be open enough to support imagination, but defined enough to also allow adults an easy element to engage easily with that imaginative process.
For example, if a child is happily playing with a box, what the box is representing to that child could be completely defined in their imagination. If a parent or guardian trys to engage with that play, to support and direct it, they would have to get the child to describe the moment. This at times can break the moment for the child, as you are forcing them to step out of their imagination to let the adult it.
As such, ‘Back to Basics’ toys, such as Kardtects, allow a bridging element, as the use of the toys primarily are for building and children instinctively use them in the essence they are designed. Thus an adult can see this from their perspective and instantly engage, offering to help or asking to join the child in the game.
This is not only a wonderful experience for both parent and child, it is a valuable bonding exercise. In addition, although the cards are designed to be easy to balance and use, an adult can be very helpful in assisting children, offering a useful lesson to the child to see how people can work as a team.
These are very basic, and possibly obvious, advantages of mutual and supportive play, but it is easy to see how many toys make this very difficult; especially when adults find the toys either too vague or too defined to allow them to interact with their children. And this is one of the important values and directions of Basic Play, and those toys that support it.
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