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5 best toys

2011-12-13 15:34:27.068846+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

I grew up going to a Waldorf school. I have mixed feelings over the whole Waldorf/Rudolph Steiner thing generally, but one of the sentiments that still echoes strongly in me is the belief that the only thing an intelligent child can do with a complete toy is to take it apart.

Wired: Geek Dad: The 5 Best Toys of All Time nails it.

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-12-13 18:04:46.674703+00 by: meuon [edit history]

And put it back together again, often better...

One of my earlier childhood memories was the spanking I got for taking apart a (relatively expensive at the time) toy helicoptor with blinky lights at the tips of the rotors. I knew about wires, I learned about brushes and contacts.... and that my dad spent some serious rare disposable income on that toy. I learned to play with them for a while before I took them apart.