Whilst getting ready for the day today, we were intrigued to find an article on BBC News website discussing an issue that we feel is a crucial one in the area of children’s toys and child development.
The article entitled ‘Has the imagination disappeared from Lego?’ suggests that over time, Lego toys have become less creative moving away from just a random assortment of blocks, relying on the users imagination, towards more complex constructions based on movies or television shows, complete with detailed step by step instructions to create more complicated, more ‘realistic’ designs. Is creativity being killed off by Lego? Are they moving away from their creative roots?
Here at Simbrix, one of the things that we advocate about our product is that the only ingredient needed to enjoy Simbrix is a limitless imagination. We do not include any instruction manuals whatsoever and have no plans to do so. We don’t expect children to blindly follow instructions but to think outside the box and create impressive designs themselves.
We’re massive fans of Lego and many of us here at Simbrix HQ had the pleasure of playing with it throughout our childhoods. On the one hand, the abundance of Lego sets that come with instructions can stifle a child’s creativity. If everything is set out, everything meticulously provided, then why would you need to be imaginative. But if bought in combination with a more traditional set lego then the child can go above and beyond what is said in an instruction manual. Overall though, there is definitely a more saturated market of instructional Lego sets, specifically those aimed at older children. So we do feel that too many creative toys come with instructions. It seems like children are being taught to simply follow instructions blindly rather than be left to think for themselves and exercise their imagination. We believe that our approach to creativity in children (and adults for that matter) is refreshing and we hope other parents and teachers do too!
What do you think? Has the imagination disappeared from Lego? Are instruction manuals in construction/creative toys a bad thing? Let us know!
You can read the original article here at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29992974