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What will toddlers be playing with next year?

3 years ago

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Tom Baker writer
Tom Baker Staff Writer Derby, UK

Whilst the later future might see kids playing in virtual reality and/or piloting mechs, the near future will all be about updates on old concepts, some cool new innovations, and surrendering your mobile devices.

There's already a fair few 'tech pets' that either interact with or are brought alive by smartphones and tablets. Ubooly and Totoya look the cutest, whilst the Wise Pet family offer fun and entertainment. Edutainment!

Okay, so that's all well and good, but how about actual toys? Makies are a modern spin on dolls, the modern spin being that are 3D printed. While Makies aren’t really toddler material, 3D printing itself could be the big thing in 2014. Not buying toys, but making them. Or else the 3D printer itself will be the toy of the moment, with kids able to turn their own doodles into physical objects.

Which is all pretty cool and futuristic, I reckon. Of course, if you're one of the old-fashioned folk, the sort who bemoan Kindles and the like, you might be interested in electronic pop-up books. Get kids reading, with the help of shiny things!

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Opinion 3 years ago
Олег Кияшко
Олег Кияшко Don't mind my display name >.< Kyiv, Ukraine

That's the tough question =.= Toddlers and preschoolers are very curious about everything, and they treat EVERYTHING that comes in their hands as their thing. They are in awe of everything that comes in their eyes. But when something truthful comes upon them, then Ragnarok comes...

As my experience with my little brother says, toddlers love co-operative games. They love not just play for the sake of play, they like to enjoy the game fulfilled with spice and emotions (mostly negative transformed into positive) - that's why I was emulating whining, crying and other pain, incorporating stuff like 9/11, kamikaze attacks or other inappropriate stuff... Most of the games toddler boys love are inherently spicy, aggressive and violent (I know that they sometimes may love hitting the teddy bear), but if some cutesieness involved - they become nicer, cuddlier and kawaii (tickling, giving cute nicknames, giving treats to everyone, hugging/cuddling everyone etc). Toddlers are spicy. They don't care about content - they see the spice.

Also, toddlers love involving in their plays things that are not designed to play with. It's very common that a child uses spoons, pots, clothes, books etc as complementing , stuff to their toys. They also may talk in some inappropriate manners with living animals - mostly cats (my little brother loves carrying my cat, hugging it and meow with her). This is very common - they see the developing CREATIVITY. Most of their creativity is based upon stuff they see with their own eyes in real life, not in cartoons or other shows, books etc. Toddlers are highly associative, that's why they treat people dressed in character costumes as their "real life counterparts".

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