How to Tech-Boost Real Play

Did you ever receive a gift that makes you cringe? When the word ‘really’ shows across your face like a blinking neon sign. Well, when I received a ‘potty seat with tablet holder’ for our son’s first birthday, I had that moment. My in-laws thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. My first thought was, “where is the real play value in this?”.

Here’s what I know, real play matters and technology is not going away. And, let’s face it. Technology is not the culprit here. In fact, it can be the solution. Gander this …

Countless studies have shown us that, for young children, sensory play is like food for the brain, supporting language development, cognitive growth, and motor skills.

When it comes to technology, children are fascinated by it. Let's be clear; they are fascinated by our technology. No surprise there, we’re always on it! ‘Monkey see, monkey do’. Let the power struggle begin. ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ is simply unacceptable.

The real issue I have with children using technology is that there is no movement. The potty seat is case in point. Just sit there and stare at a screen. Where’s the sensory? Where’s the exercise? Where’s the real play value?

At Pueri Elemental, we believe that real play value is enhanced by technology, if incorporated the right way. Introducing BonkNLearn, a movement-inspired developmental toy for ages 6 to 36 months. This innovative smart toy features a learning app that grows with a child. BonkNLearn enhances physical play with rich audio-visual lessons from a smart device located in the toy’s belly. Playful bonks advance a learning sequence of fun images and sounds in 5 languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, and Italian. From shapes and colors to numbers and counting, BonkNLearn is interactive learning with unlimited possibilities. Stands 18" tall. Learn more: http://bonkyourself.com/products/bonknlearn

Pueri Elemental is an award-winning design company, specializing in movement-inspired tech-based developmental toys that ensure infants, toddlers, and preschoolers have a strong start in life. Learn more: http://bonkyourself.com/pages/about

 

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