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May 18 2016


Great Cartoons Are actually excellent Toys

Peppa pig
There's a sense where some imagination might be lost with television, sure. I'm willing to buy that argument - or at best part of it. However, there's another side compared to that argument that supporters of this theory may not be seeing, and that is the concept of toys deriving from said tv shows.

A great cartoon doesn't just entertain us making us laugh, nevertheless it can actually enhance our creativity when developed the right way. For instance, if we're talking about a cartoon in which the main character gets himself into all sorts of crazy situations, the kid playing with the toy can continue to certainly use his / her imagination to pretend their toy in similar binds. Not only does that make use of their imagination, however it takes problem-solving skills to obtain the character OUT of the messes. Add into an antagonist or two, and we're good.

If there is good writing on the show - especially when humor is used - there is a sense where the adventure is never finished, understanding that can spill over into toy play. Should there be lessons taught within the show, then just maybe our youngsters are absorbing these lessons, are associating the characters with the themes, and will play with their cartoon toys in a similar fashion. It's just up to us as parents and guardians to buy our children's activities and help them learn good play habits.

Cartoons can certainly be abused and made to behave as pacifiers, but we must remember that entertainment is entertainment and has been a great source of imagination and creativity as long as man has been in the world. It's what we do with it, how we limit the intake, and how we expand about it that is the key.

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