Toy Abundance: "Children are surrounded by a large number of toys in their home environment. They "browse" quickly over play options, but have a more difficult time moving their play into a deeper, more creative realm. The variety and omnipresence of toys makes it harder for children to engage in truly imaginative play."
Toy Intention: "Open-ended toys, about which children once spun elaborate personal fables, now inhibit little more than habits of passive consumerism. Children have come to see toys as a vehicle for social acceptance, rather than a launching pad for imaginative, fantasy play."
We hope that families find our center to be a peaceful environment, mindful of the quantity, quality and intention of every material presented to children. We hope each week that you gather inspiration to carry in to your home environment, to help you create rich play that values simplicity. Thank you for playing with us!
David, Elkind. Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally. Da Capo Press. 2007.