Childhood is only a short period of our lives but it plays a very critical role in shaping us to be who we are today. Children of different era will have their own sets of toys which used to be a hype during their time. The toy industry is constantly innovating their products to stay competitive in their game.
Who wouldn’t love toys? In fact, “there are toys for all ages” (French proverbs), which I couldn’t disagree.
“Toys, and play in general, are important when it comes to growing up and learning about the world around us. Children are using them to discover their identity, help their bodies grow strong, learn cause and effect, explore relationships, and practice skills they will need as adults. Adults use toys and play to form and strengthen social bonds, to teach, remember and reinforce lessons from their youth, to discover their identity, exercise their minds and bodies, explore relationships, practice skills and decorate their living spaces.
Actually, toys are more than simple amusement; they and the ways that they are used profoundly influence many aspects of life. Toys enhance cognitive behavior and stimulate creativity. They aid in the development of physical and mental skills which are necessary in life” (Ella Karapetyan, Toys for all ages, 6 January 2010).
Below are a few videos of food related toys which are fun to watch. These two little Japanese girls, Kanna & Akira from Kan & Aki’s Channel simply knows how to make other children of their age drool with excitement. It’s a great way to demonstrate how some toys are played too. Like any other children, their antiques are adorable and entertaining.
As I had mentioned before in the previous article, observing children playing with toys can be an interesting affair. More so when we see them opening a NEW toy. Their faces will be carved with joy and excitement, as soon as they reached to bottom of it, the joy is converted further to a huge watermelon smile and you will hear remarks such as “wow, I…”, etc. As we know, this response is triggered when their desires are met, otherwise it’s a drama of negativity for vice versa cases.
We, adults can relate well to this as we used to be like that too. Perhaps still acting out the same behaviour. It’s nice to see how a situation turns around, when we used to be a child then, while our parents were the observer. That’s the beauty of reflection, as the saying goes our children is the chip off the old block.
Definitely we know for sure that no matter what it is in life, nothing can change the fact that “the best gift in life is your kids. When they smile at you, tell you they love you and kiss you goodnight you know all the hard work is worthwhile. (Ash Sweeney)”.