I wanted to just share a thought with all my readers...
Today on the radio as I made my commute, I listened to a brief report about a major toy company having to "downsize" and "re-structure" their business. Can you guess what company started off making little carved toys then turned to a more plastic build-able toy? ........ give up? LEGO! That's right the little plastic building blocks that I grew up with and loved! I would spend many hours just building little homes, cars and space ships. The report shocked me that LEGO stated sales were down since 1999. LEGO faces a large struggle, parents have slowly stopped buying the Lego's. Now before you read to much into my post... Please understand I do not work for LEGO! I am not affiliated with LEGO at all! But the shocking news was that parents have turned their spending power for their children on the more hyped-up video game industry. I love video games as well but when I look back I realize that the computer (Commodore 64) or TEXAS Instrument did not allow me to physically build my little home and create it using the hands on method. Okay you may argue with me you can use a computer to build a home with CAD or other software tools! True! Can you really go out and build a home with just that tool? Do you swing a virtual hammer in the real world? Do you climb a virtual ladder to hang trusses? Do you... okay you get the point... Well to keep my thoughts in check let me say, we have forgotten the "builder" the freedom with little blocks to be creative. Well this radio broadcast reminded me that kids need to learn to build things weather with Lego's or whoever the building blocks manufacture is. The lesson is do not "Kill the builder in our children" oh by the way the report added that "Children's lives are very scheduled so play time to allow children to create is very limited!" Makes you wonder if we are really helping our children? What's your thought?